Managing Network Security in the Unsecure World: Getting Rid of Vulnerabilities and Preventing Hacks
IT security teams of today are faced with rapidly increasing and mutating threats endangering every possible point of entry into their networks and systems. From their system perimeter to desktops, mobile, and even the cloud, it seems hackers are out to disrupt every possible aspect of a business' operation and exploit every single vulnerability With the fast evolution and increasing extent of todays threat landscape, the IT world calls for more stringent security systems and a positive change in the security architecture of networks.
Network security management is indeed becoming more complex and challenging as the days go by Cyber terrorists are out to threaten every nook and cranny of even the most seemingly insignificant of networks. This is why security teams must elect to support and implement compliance mandates both internally and externally as well as to enable new services, ensure availability, optimize performance, and provide efficient troubleshooting support on demand, thus narrowing room for error. With all the things that you need to juggle when managing network security, it pays having an experienced team by your side to help you rid your system of vulnerabilities and prevent hackers from abusing exposures and weak spots. The following are best practices essential for efficient network security management:
• Traditional security solutions including firewalls, anti-spyware, patch management, anti-virus applications, and VPNs are still significant, but they are no longer sufficient to keep the latest breed of threats off networks. These security solutions still play a vital role in maintaining network safety. However, companies need to keep their devices up-to-date in order to stay away from breaches. Network access control products are among the latest security solutions that have entered the market just recently, filling the gap that traditional security solutions leave. The provide end-point assessments of computers and systems and enables access so that security policies can be enforced based on the identity of the user and the state of the computer. While early NAC solutions were a bit expensive, complex, and mostly targeted at larger enterprise markets, today's solutions are more interoperable and adaptable even for smaller enterprises.
• Daily device management for a micro view of your network is also important so you can protect your system in a more thorough way. A macro view of your system will help you see how all pieces of your network and your security fit together, while a micro view will help your administrators get into the details and drill down on particular devices, access specific rules and access policies, and monitor configuration compliance. This helps create a broader, stronger framework for your system and make data and information more digestible for better analysis and evaluation of your security status.
About the Author:
Mike Rana is the Chief Technology Advisor of Orion Network Solutions. Orion Network Solutions specializes in providing Computer Installation, Maintenance and Consulting services along with 24x7 help desk services for small and midsize companies. We provide network solutions that enables small businesses to not only lower their management cost but also increases employee productivity at the same low price. We offer network solution that become integral part of your organization and can provide an increase in productivity of your organization.
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