The recent hacking incident at Target serves as a reminder that inappropriate access to a computer network can be very dangerous indeed!

No prudent company would allow outsiders to physically enter and casually wander around its offices— possibly pilfering through sensitive documents and client information and stealing ideas and materials. Instead, protection such as video surveillance, locked doors, and ID checks are all means of securing the physical integrity of a business.

A prudent company must be just as vigilant in guarding its network as it is in guarding its physical place of business.

Is your business network sufficiently protected? Though those who would invade your network can’t be seen in the physical sense, you must not assume such invasions are not a real and present threat! Risks can come from anywhere in the world. Don’t be an easy target.

How, then, can you be sure your company’s network is adequately secured? Just as there are many different methods which can be utilized to physically protect a business, there are a variety of solutions available to protect a business network. No two businesses are the same, and by the same token, all businesses do not require the same exact forms of protection.

There are, however, several solutions common in network security:

  1. Firewalls – Analogous to the physical perimeter protection of your business (Think security fence with attending guard at the gate—allowing clear passage for some and restricting entrance for others). Modern business-class firewalls are powerful and effective and receive frequent updates in order to work effectively.
  2. Internet Protection Software – Protects the endpoints and servers individually (Think locked office door: visitors, having entered the building, cannot go into every office.)
  3. Email Filtering – Overseer of email coming in and going out. (Think of secure mailroom which helps insure that envelopes and packages arriving and departing only contain legitimate mail as it gets rid of anything undesirable or harmful).
  4. Up-To-Date Software/hardware – Responsible software and hardware companies make updates available to their customers. These, of course, must be properly implemented to be of benefit (Think of a physical security team in an office building—identifying areas of security weakness and making recommendations for beefing up protection. Managers must then see that these “fixes” are properly applied).

Interested in improving and protecting your business network? We have many solutions available which can be customized to fit your specific needs.

 

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