Firewalls are Important, but they’re Not Enough

Firewalls are Important, but they’re Not Enough

Firewalls are an essential part of your IT security infrastructure. In fact, in many cases, they are the foundation and rightfully so. It’s important to note, however, that the target has changed and so have the perpetrators. These days, the masterminds behind cyber-attacks are infinitely more sophisticated than they once were. Many will stop at nothing to achieve the results they’re after – gaining access to sensitive data and exploiting it for their criminal purposes. Unfortunately, most companies have not shifted their focus to account for these changes. The current ideology is that hackers install agents on your network and let them do the work. They install them in what we like to call the Red Zone. This is the weakest part of your network – the spot where your PC and device are located.  Not coincidentally, this also happens to be where most human decisions are exposed on your network; for example, which website to go to, what file to download, and what e-mail to open. Legacy Security Measures are No Longer Sufficient Perhaps even just as recently as a decade or so ago, firewalls and sandboxes were enough to keep hackers at bay. Unfortunately, those hackers have developed newer, better and more effective ways to get around these security measures. They are relentless in their efforts to identify and expose network vulnerabilities and legacy protections are simply no match for their complex tactics. To complicate matters, most businesses now operate remotely at least a portion of the time. Thanks to mobile and cloud technology, individuals, teams and even entire companies can perform just about every duty imaginable...