Firewalls: The First Line of Defense

Firewalls are your first line of defense against online attacks.
If you are hosting anything on the Internet, security is paramount. We often discuss methods of protecting yourself from online attacks in this arena, but a firewall should be your first line of defense. When designing a secure web environment, adding a firewall is a crucial step in securing your data.

A few of you might be wondering what exactly is a firewall. Firewalls are a pretty basic security system. A firewall establishes a barrier between a trusted, secure, internal network (like your server) and another, insecure network (like the Internet). It controls the incoming and outgoing network traffic to your servers by analyzing the data attempting to access your server and determining if it should be allowed through. There are plenty of security options out there, but preventing any suspect traffic from even accessing your server with a firewall is vital in Internet security.

At Liquid Web, we offer hardware firewalls for our Dedicated servers and a cloud-enabled firewall for our Storm Servers. Our managed hardware firewalls are world-renowned Cisco Adaptive Security Appliances (Cisco ASA) and operate independently of your servers, further strengthening the security of your hosting infrastructure. Because a hardware firewall is a separate piece of equipment, traffic is processed and threats are eliminated before they even reach your servers, preserving web performance for legitimate traffic.

For our Storm Servers, we provide a cloud-enabled firewall that performs much the same way as our hardware firewall. It operates outside of your server environment, eliminates threats before they reach your server and processes threats without consuming the resources of your server. We offer our customers help configuring Storm Firewalls for their servers as well, if needed.

Firewalls are a necessary security tool if you’re connecting to the Internet at any point during your daily operations. This is especially true if you’re hosting important or sensitive data, operating an eCommerce business, or just want to prevent hackers from accessing your server. While there are many standard security services we recommend, firewalls are the first and most important step to protecting against attacks.

Do you have firewall protecting your server? If not, then what are you waiting for? LiveChat or call our team at 1-800-580-4985 to configure a Liquid Web Firewall today.

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