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Firewall Upgrades and Upkeep: Enhance Security

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Matt Kunkel

Firewall Upgrades and Upkeep: Enhance Security

Firewall replacements are often the most overlooked item of upkeep in a business. While businesses heavily rely on firewalls to protect their networks from cyber threats, many don’t comprehend the significance of regularly updating your firewalls, the risks associated with aging hardware, and the benefits of proactive maintenance.

Why Should I Upgrade My Firewall?

The Cost of Maintaining Aging Firewalls

Keeping an old firewall operational comes with hidden costs. Ongoing maintenance and support expenses accumulate over time, surpassing the cost of replacing the device itself. Investing in newer firewall models can yield long-term savings and enhanced functionality.

Downtime and Productivity Impact

Outdated hardware can be a ticking time bomb, leading to unexpected system downtime. Such disruptions can significantly hinder productivity and performance, causing frustration for employees and potential revenue loss. By replacing aging firewalls, businesses ensure smoother operations and minimize downtime risks.

Mitigating Security Risks

Perhaps the most critical aspect of firewall replacement is addressing security vulnerabilities. Over time, unsupported devices become more susceptible to cyber attacks, as manufacturers discontinue providing security patches and updates. This exposes organizations to potential breaches and compromises sensitive data. By regularly updating firewalls, businesses stay ahead of emerging threats and reinforce their security posture.

Firewall Recommendations

Leading network security experts, like RMON Networks, recommend replacing firewall hardware within a three to five-year cycle. This timeframe aligns with the average lifespan of devices and ensures continued manufacturer support and security patching.

Just like computer operating systems, firewalls require frequent updates to stay resilient against evolving threats. Regularly installing security patches and firmware updates guarantees that your device has up-to-date protections. This proactive approach maximizes security and minimizes vulnerabilities.

If you’re hesitant about replacing an aging firewall that seems to be functioning adequately, it’s essential to understand the potential risks. Vulnerabilities are continuously discovered in software and hardware, and cybercriminals actively exploit these weaknesses. Unsupported devices become prime targets for attackers. By promptly replacing aging hardware, organizations mitigate these risks and ensure their networks remain secure.

Replacing firewalls within the recommended timeframe prevents impulsive decision-making based solely on device functionality. Proactive maintenance, including regular updates and replacement, eliminates the reliance on outdated technology and keeps your network defenses robust. It’s an investment in the long-term stability and security of your infrastructure.

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