Today, with the rise of the gig economy and flexible working, more and more people are choosing to work from home. In fact, a 2016 study found that in the UK, the number doing so rose by a fifth in just 10 years to a record 1.5 million. But while you may be handling company-owned, sensitive information, home networks often lack the strong fortification of an office firewall.
This means that home networks are far more vulnerable to attacks - which could mean hackers are able to access sensitive company data, or even transfer viruses back into the office via laptops that shuttle between work and home.
Cyberattacks pitched at home networks can take the form of either inbound or outbound attacks. Inbound attacks cover attacks that are aimed at the connected devices in a home - such as desktop computers, laptops or tablets - via the internet. These attacks transform into outbound attacks when the attacker exploits the targeted device to remotely install malware, for example to gain sensitive information or to intercept protected communications.
So, if you're looking to secure your home network, here are some of the best firewalls for home offices.
Hannah is a Staff Writer at CIO UK. After graduating from the University of Coventry with an English and Journalism degree in 2016, Hannah has since developed an interest in enterprise technology. She has a keen interest in digital transformation, enterprise IT, innovative and emerging tech, the Internet of Things and women in tech.