by Frank Wright, Service Manager
As a managed services provider, we regularly consult with companies about issues they would like addressed. We find that many times, a simple solution can correct their issues in one fell swoop.
What are some of the biggest concerns businesses have? The top three we hear most often are security, productivity, and network speed.
These three main issues encompass many other common issues businesses have to deal with on a daily basis and are easily resolved.
In these days with high profile businesses such as Sony, GoDaddy, Verisign, etc. being hacked this past year it’s easy to see why security is of utmost importance.
Many businesses store confidential data such as credit card numbers, social security numbers, or other personal information on their servers, and because of this, must protect that information at all costs.
So, what’s the solution to this? Having good security policies in place is a start, but a giant leap in the right direction is having a business class firewall in place.
We offer Fortinet firewalls which, when properly implemented, can stop unauthorized network access in its tracks.
Fortinet firewalls offer many different security features to keep your network safe.
Network protection features include an Intrusion Prevention System (IPS), built-in antivirus solutions, and Data Loss Prevention (DLP) services. Fortinet firewalls protect your company’s, and more importantly, your client’s, private information.
Fortinet firewalls also offer the possibility of huge boosts in productivity.
In a recent study conducted by Salary.com it was found that employees waste on average 1.86 hours of work per day. That’s almost 25% of the work day!
So if this rings true to your company, you’re paying each employee for three months of work each year that they are not even doing!
What are your employees doing that is wasting so much time? Studies show that 52% of the two hours per day that employees waste were spent on non-work related websites like Facebook and Twitter.
While many companies don’t think this goes on in their business, the moment we put in one of our Fortinet firewalls, we almost always find someone on websites they were not supposed to be on during the work day.
Keeping these figures in mind, the costs associated with not having measures in place to stop these kinds of activities far out weighs the actual costs of having one of these units installed.
Once the unit is installed, we can implement web content filtering so employees cannot access time wasting websites.
Users that need access to these types of websites, like the owner of the company for instance, can have credentials to be able to override any filtering in place.
The final item that businesses strive for is a faster network. While this can be dependent entirely on the Internet connection speed your business has, it is entirely possible to have a high speed connection and still feel like your Internet is terribly slow.
So, this again goes back to web filtering. Users should not be able to download from unauthorized sites or do any activities on the network that take a large amount of bandwidth.
Also, if you have a couple of separate Internet connections, it is possible on some of our higher end Fortinet firewalls to have load balancing in place to help better distribute the load of connections out to the Internet if need be.
Whether you’re in a small business with a handful of employees or in a medium to large size company with potentially hundreds of employees, we have a firewall solution for your business.
Fortinet firewalls allow you to better manage your company and increase network security, productivity, and network speed significantly.