With the exponential growth of computer networks along with the Internet, security of these applications has become one of the most important factors for businesses to consider. Through increasing your network stronghold you decrease risks of information theft, hacking and privacy spoofing.
Network security can be understood as any activity that is designed to protect your network including usability, reliability, and complete safety of your network and data. Network security that is effective will identify, eliminate and prevent numerous threats from entering and infecting your entire network.
But what threats will I have to worry about on my network?
The most common types of threats that are spread over the Internet include:
Hacker tools have sophistically evolved. These tools make it easier for someone to hack into your business’s computer or server. With malicious users no longer requiring rare programming skills to conduct threatening actions, they have become more of a commonality.
With an abundance of threats there is no single solution that can protect you completely, instead you need multi-layer security that is redundant. Network security requires both hardware and software that must be constantly updated to protect your environment from emerging threats.
Network security normally comprises a variety of components that work together. Network security components include applications like anti-virus and spyware, a firewall, an Intrusion Prevention System (IPS) and secure remote access through Virtual Private Networks (VPNs).
With the right network security in place, your business will be protected from performance disruption and meet mandatory regulatory compliance. Through protecting confidential data of your customers, the risk of legal action from data theft reduces dramatically.
To be put simply, “network security helps protect a business’s reputation, which is one of its most important assets.” – Cisco