Understanding Network Security
Network security is not often at the top of the priority list for most businesses, getting swallowed up by daily operations and falling into neglect. But this should be something that should almost always be near the top. The digital realm is pretty much a minefield, mired with both physical and digital threats looking to exploit your business. A comprehensive network security plan is essential to keep your clients and their information safe, so what does that look like?
What is Network Security?
First, let’s define what a network is. A network is mainly comprised of three different types:
- Physical Network Security: These are the physical barriers that protect your business like security doors, keycards, biometric access points, routers, and servers.
- Technical Network Security: These are measures to protect data and the systems where they are stored while the data is transferred across networks. This mainly entails firewalls, encryption, multifactor authentication, and more.
- Administrative Network Security: This is the security policies that apply to your personnel, who has access to what, authentication methods for access to your network, and how your IT team manages changes to your network security structure.
What Can Comprehensive Network Security Protect Your Business From?
Since the internet came into being the bugs, viruses, and hackers were very soon to follow. As time goes on they have been classified but they grow increasingly complex, but let’s cover some of the most common:
- Spyware and adware: while not a direct threat they do provide access to more sensitive information. A keystroke logger can capture passwords or they can be used to simply track behavior, or adware can be installed to make money off of your visitors while providing them with a low quality experience.
- Phishing and Social Engineering: Hackers will often try to pose as a reputable institution, one of your clients, or even one of your employees. Phishing scams are meant to gain sensitive information or money willingly from one of your employees, this could be as simple as hijacking an email and sending a bogus invoice. Social engineering is someone posing as anyone trying to gain access to secure information. This can be a phone call from a stressed mother with a baby crying asking you to reset a password on her “husbands” bank account, exploiting your better human nature.
- Viruses, and Malware: A hacker’s goal is to infiltrate your databases and extract valuable information. This could be leaving a Trojan backdoor for later access, a self copying virus that distributes across the whole network, or even a botnet. These attacks leverage vulnerabilities in the code of a piece of software or an operating system, and they can be very difficult to remove once they’ve been loaded.
Network Security from MyTek
A comprehensive network security solution, like our Unified Threat Management, keeping all manner of threats from gaining access to your network and neutralizing those which do. Included in our UTM solution is:
- Firewalls: This is the first line of defense against outside threats. A firewall monitors the traffic and data transferring in and out of your network. Visualize a virtual bouncer keeping dangerous entities from entering your network.
- Antivirus Software: As it sounds, this software is designed to seek and neutralize any virus or malware that does manage to get through your firewall while mitigating any damage that did occur.
- Spam Blocking: Annoying and useless but some phishing attempts might slip through your defense. Instead of going directly to your inbox where you might fall victim it goes to the spam folder, where it can be promptly ignored, isolated, and deleted.
- Content Filtering: Not all web content is safe for viewing, so it’s important that you can protect your team from fake and unsafe sites. Additionally, content filtering allows you to block websites of your choosing from access, reducing the chance of a careless nefarious website visit and increasing productivity in the office by limiting employee access to time-wasting websites.
With MyTek’s managed IT services, we can handle this technical information for you while you reap all of the benefits of a protected and secure network. Our services are a valuable monthly investment, contrary to the average break-fix technology company.
A healthy network is a strong network, and MyTek can take care of that, too. With our remote maintenance tool, we can apply the latest patches and vulnerabilities as they are released. If you’re interested in our UTM solution or our remote maintenance service, contact us or give MyTek a call at 623-312-2440.