Businesses operating at a mid-range to large scale level will have a lot of devices that it’ll need to protect from dangers, such as theft, and online threats such as hacking and viruses. Keeping on top of them all can be a particularly tricky endeavor, especially if those devices are from multiple manufacturers and alter in type.
Thankfully, there are a few decent ways to safeguard a high volume of devices with minimal effort, ranging from designated security software to VPNs and system management software.
A system manager is another useful measure to protect devices as this is essentially employing specialists with focused equipment to plan, install and monitor software to meet the security standards necessary to keep you and your company safe. A WatchGuard system manager can manage a whole host of devices centrally, helping to monitor your hardware and aid in its safekeeping. These can be used to manage any Firebox, XTM, or XTMv appliance, making it an extremely versatile and useful manager.
One of the best ways to protect a wide variety of devices is to use antivirus software. These are most often implemented in computers but can also be installed into smaller devices like tablets and smartphones, with some software manufactures letting you protect multiple devices with just the one license. It does this by offering string security and is a great way to efficiently protect an entire network of devices. Multi-device antivirus is great against all types of malware, such as viruses, worms, trojans and ransomware, which are all trying to access your personal data, or block you for accessing it.
A further way to protect multiple devices is to use a VPN when surfing the web. A VPN is particularly great for devices that may be connecting to unsecured networks and Wi-Fi, such as those found in public places like a coffee shop or airport. These work by hiding your IP address and replaces it with another, making it impossible for hackers and third parties to track your online activity. VPN protection can be shared on multiple devices in a network, depending on the provider and package, and is a smart way to safeguard your data. They can also provide additional benefits, such as bypassing censorship, as you can connect to a server located in a different part of the world that isn’t censored by particular websites or organizations.
Firewalls are another vital protective measure to keep all the devices in a network safe. A firewall is either a piece of software, hardware, or a combination of them both that acts as the first line of defense against online threats. It prevents unauthorized connections and halts malicious software from gaining access to a network by monitoring your network’s traffic and blocking programs or computers depending on preset cybersecurity rules. Firewalls are particularly good for remote working, as it ensures that whatever device your using is safe. They can also be used to limit the websites and content you can access, such as blocking sites with adult content or illegal streams, as these are the sites most likely to have malicious download links embedded into their code.