As a first line of defense against cyber criminals, firewalls are a barrier between computers and potential threats from the internet. A firewall’s job is to keep suspicious data out of the company’s network while letting safe data in. Hardware firewalls are a form of firewalls that include hardware (example, a router) and some software to run; businesses use this to block attackers on several computers. Software firewalls can be installed solely on individual computers and are more suitable for users at home. This type of firewall is often integrated with privacy controls, web filtering, and other security features to make sure they work well.

When a hardware firewall is compared to a software firewall, the hardware version provides robust protection, easy to install, and works 24/7. Without having a hardware firewall, your business is pretty much inviting hackers to have access to the sensitive data your business has.

While software firewalls protect systems by blocking threats and malicious network traffic, the hardware option stops suspicious data from getting into the network. In an ideal situation, the setup of a firewall would include both hardware and software firewalls to maximize security.


Why you need a firewall:

  • Control access
  • Cloud implications
  • Secure databases
  • Virus protection
  • Protect local networks
  • Verify remote connections
  • Monitoring and alerting


Even though firewalls provide a strong foundation for your network’s security, all threats can’t be eliminated. There are a variety of firewalls and every business has unique needs. MSD is able to help you determine what the right type of firewall for your business and recommend other strategies that can provide security.

MSD is able to determine how cyber attacks got past your current security systems and strengthen your defenses – if you’ve suffered an attack.


Request an ICT System Audit so MSD can assess your network vulnerabilities.