IT managers can’t identify 45% of network traffic.  Nearly one out of four can’t identify 70% of network traffic.  Other scary facts were released in a report by Sophos earlier this year titled The Dirty Secrets of Network Firewalls.  The report surveyed 2,700 IT professionals across the U.S., Canada, Mexico, France, Germany, U.K., Australia, Japan, India, and South Africa.

Why Unknown Traffic Matters

Why should these numbers matter to you?  The devastating effects of cyber-attacks have been seen across organizations of all sizes.  One of the more visible events recently wreaked havoc in the city of Atlanta.  Firewalls are the first line of defense against cyber-attacks.  However if IT managers can’t identify the traffic on their network, it leaves room for attacks that go undetected.  Those attacks include malware, ransomware, malicious applications, data breaches, or even rogue users.

In addition to the threats listed above, infected devices require time to identify and remediate.  Across the organizations surveyed, each spends seven working days on average cleaning infected machines.  The lost time means more than just your IT department having extra work.  It means less productivity for the people that typically use the infected device.

Firewalls with Options

Not all firewalls are created equal, and firewall technology is improving constantly.  Modern next-gen firewalls are capable of monitoring 100% of network traffic.  Unwanted and potentially dangerous apps are blocked from the network.  You can identify and prioritize the apps you do want to improve performance.  These advanced firewalls can stop threats before they turn into an outbreak.  Your firewall should be able to do all of these things and more.

Need Help with Your Firewall?

Network security has evolved to the point where it requires the attention of a certified IT professional.  Small businesses and organizations are specifically targeted by cyber-attacks due to the typical lack of security.  Let us help you.  Pit Crew IT Services specializes in supporting small businesses from endpoint to endpoint.  We can secure your network with a modern, next-gen security device that protects you from the latest threats.  We also will analyze the entirety of your current IT solution to enhance efficiency and performance.  Get a free consultation today to get started.

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