Are you still running a firewall that was designed 10 years ago? How about 5 years ago? Well unfortunately those firewalls are already obsolete and unable to deal with current cyber threats.
Previous generation firewalls were designed to block hackers from trying to access your network. Current firewalls, termed “Next Generation Firewalls” or NGFW deal with the increasing usage of web-based applications. Since these applications often run inside of a web browser, or change their behavior over time, they cannot be blocked or controlled by older firewalls. For example Skype cannot be blocked by a conventional firewall because it constantly ‘tunes’ it’s behavior for maximum performance; something older firewalls can’t handle.
Other applications may be appropriate for some users but should be blocked for others. For example, it may be appropriate for a marketing person to have access to Facebook, but other employees should be blocked or perhaps blocked at all times except lunchtime.
Fortunately NGFWs are affordable and work well for small business. Be sure to ask your IT Company or consultant if it’s right for you.