Firewalls are an essential first line of defense in an organization’s network security strategy. But if that’s true, why do so many companies ignore them? To better understand, we talked with C Spire Authority engineer Zach Smith, who specializes in all things firewall.
The business world is on high alert. President Biden, the FBI and Department of Homeland Security are warning the private sector about potential Russian-sourced cyber attacks. The consistent theme? “Lean into your cybersecurity strategy,” said Conrad Bell, C Spire Chief Information Security Office. “While there might be more threats than usual, malware, phishing attempts, zero-day attacks, etc, are not new. A smart strategy that deploys layers of security is the best approach to today’s threats.”
Next-generation firewalls, also known as second generation firewalls, protect organizations through advanced security features. NGFWs provide functions like deep-packet inspection, intrusion prevention (IPS), advanced malware detection, application control, and overall increased network visibility through inspection of encrypted traffic. They can be found anywhere from an on-premise network edge to its internal boundaries, and can also be employed on a public or private cloud environment.
Organizations today are facing an extraordinarily risky cybersecurity landscape. These threats can cripple an organization's productivity and cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to recover. “Now more than ever, it’s critical to ensure your business's defenses are at full strength,” said Conrad Bell, Chief Information Security Officer at C Spire.
If you’ve received a message from your boss requesting a gift card, it’s probably a phishing attempt. “We’re seeing a rise in gift card scams,” says Conrad Bell, Chief Information Security Officer at C Spire. “Hackers send people emails or text messages in which they pretend to be a supervisor or a senior executive. They trick employees into buying gift cards and sending them the activation codes.” Once the codes are sent, the money is gone.
This Christmas, we don’t come bearing French hens, turtle doves or a partridge in a pear tree. Instead, our gift is valuable security advice that could save your organization millions. Here are 12 tips that will make your business more secure this Christmas and in the new year.
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