Businesses must ensure their network security is adequate to protect from external threats, but how do you know if your network security is adequate? Network security should protect your network from a variety of threats to ensure the reliability and safety of your network and data. If you’re looking for a network security solution, keep in mind that no single solution will protect you from the wide range of evolving threats.
Network security is accomplished through multiple layers of security, including hardware and software. When you’re using security software, always update and manage the software properly to protect your network. Here’s a few network security components to consider:
- Anti-Virus and Anti-Spyware
Anti-virus and anti-spyware software prevents malware from entering the system, and if the malware does manage to enter the system, the software will inform you of an infection or help you remove the malware.
Firewalls can be configured to prevent access to specific websites or prevent employees from sending sensitive data outside of the network. In addition, firewalls prevent unauthorized computers from accessing the network.
- Virtual Private Networks (VPNs)
A virtual private network (VPN) is used to provide secure remote access. The VPN enables you to send sensitive information across shared or public networks securely by encrypting the data during transfer.
- Intrusion Prevention Systems (IPS)
Intrusion prevention systems (IPS) are used to monitor network and/or system activities for malware and security threats. The IPS will identify malicious activity, then log information regarding the activity and attempt to stop it.
Ideally, the network security components should work together to prevent threats to your network. The most common threats include:
- Hacker attacks
- Identity theft
- Spyware and adware
- Zero-day attacks
- Data theft
The benefits of network security are vast, including employee productivity, minimal downtime, regulatory compliance, and data protection. Ultimately, network security will protect your business assets from a wide range of threats.
To learn more about network security, give us a call or send us an email. We can help you implement the proper hardware/software to protect your network and systems from security threats.