One of Bright Launch’s core tenets is that it is far cheaper to prevent a disaster than to have to deal with the aftermath – hence, we stress the importance of plugging security holes and backing up critical data. A recent ZD article looks at firewalls, and how they create a false sense of security.
“IT security professionals often like to talk about “layers of security.” What they mean is that one way of protecting yourself isn’t enough. So an IT consultant, or solution provider, will often recommend a combination of tools to give you the best security capability for your money. Frequently, that means protection for your office network (via a network firewall) and for each individual device (via antivirus software and a personal firewall).”
“So if you are covered with device-based security when you are on the road and have firewalls at your home and office, aren’t you done? (…) One of the most common things that businesses fail to do to protect themselves is to install the “patches” that are issued from time to time by your firewall vendors to close “holes” in your security. So installing a firewall isn’t the end of your security concerns, its more like one step along the path of continuously working to make your protection better than what the bad guys are doing to hurt you.