Security. It’s become the buzzword that even large corporations have come to fear. Network information security, without a team of security specialists, has become increasingly more difficult to deal with internally because the threats continue to evolve at an alarming rate. LeeShanok understands this challenge for Phoenix businesses, and, using Cisco Security options, we provide a robust suite of Information Security solutions customized to meet those needs.
Network security is a multilayered process that includes:
Hardware-based security cannot be altered. This is a benefit, but if used alone it can also be a handicap. It uses components such as processors to place a shield around the computer system and can be highly effective. These are virtually impossible to bypass unless someone has a direct connection to the firewall. Traffic can only access the network if someone operating within it invites it in. This however, can be an issue. If a user within the network downloads anything to their computer with malicious software, it then has the ability to bring the entire system to the ground. Hardware does not adapt, it does not examine. It blocks major attacks and is very effective in doing so. But once past the hardware gate, viruses and hackers can run wild...and they know it.
In many ways, software picks up where hardware leaves off. Most antivirus solutions protect from dangerous downloads and trojans. They may also have programming in place to monitor actions within the network and alert a security team to suspicious activity on multiple levels.
It’s common for people to debate and discuss the first two items listed here at length. With a precisely tuned combination of hardware and software, many businesses feel secure in their ability to repel any attack.
While it’s true that these items are very important, even the well-informed among those businesses may fail to remember that they are fighting, not against machines and code, but against people--intelligent, adaptive and well-equipped people. The only way to consistently win the security battle is with your own team of intelligent, adaptive and well-equipped people.
Software is meant to be monitored. Decisions need to be made, decisions about what to allow, and what to reject. And if a hacker does get through, you’re going to want a crack team of trained experts prepared to restore the security of your network.
Threats have moved from the gross to the subtle. Attacks have grown more clandestine and even gradual, with hackers gaining access very slowly, looking to find footholds within a network. With a team monitoring your network, it’s beneficial for there to be processes in place to watch for movement and to be alert for anything unusual. That team should also have a definite plan in place to respond to any issues that arise. Failure to plan is planning to fail, so your security team should know in advance what means they will use to solve a crisis should your defenses be compromised.
It’s always a good idea to educate the team of people operating within the network you’re trying to secure. Institute policies on what is acceptable to download onto a computer. Inform individuals on ways to identify potentially detrimental links or emails. People are only as empowered as they are knowledgeable. Let your team be a proactive and preventative part of your security solution, rather than the cause of security problems.
These elements function at their best when they are combined properly without any weak links. LeeShanok Network Solutions can advise your company how to put each one to work for you.
LeeShanok partners with our clients to develop advanced IT Security solutions, using Cisco Security options, in a multilayered process involving Attack Continuum awareness, Next Generation Firewalls, IPS technologies, Multi-Factor User Authentication, Mobile Device Management and Protection, Advanced Malware Protection, and Network Threat Assessments. At LeeShanok, we know information security.