No matter what the scale, networks involve interconnected switches, routers, and devices. Although businesses may vary in size and technological implementation, the presence of robust network security features should apply to everyone. From small office/home office (SOHO) configurations to enterprise-level networks, security should be one of the top priorities. So, how important is network security?
Networks as Our Homes
To start, think of a network as your home. It may be easier to visualize just how important protecting your connections are. Most people wouldn’t leave their house without first locking up in order to minimize the risk of a stranger entering while they’re away. To further expand on this idea, some homeowners may even take extra precautions of installing state-of-the-art security and alarm systems to notify them of an attempted break-in. Even if you aren’t leaving your house, most people wouldn’t have the front door wide open while their family is enjoying dinner inside. Take specific measures in order to maintain a certain level of privacy — and privacy and security go hand-in-hand!
Putting On The Locks
Some of the habits that we take to secure our home can also be applied to our networks and devices. Simple actions can be implemented in order to harden a network. Using a strong password for your company’s local network is equivalent to installing locks at the entrances of your home. Ensuring that the network name is unique can prevent devices from connecting to rogue access points. Implementing advanced Security Information and Events Management (SIEM) tools gives visibility across information systems in real-time by providing automated alerts and data logs.
Partnering With Managed Security Services
These are just a few examples of how anyone can start to implement security best practices to mitigate vulnerabilities and threats. However, having a dedicated group of IT professionals help to improve a business’s overall security posture. This means that a group of seasoned cybersecurity professionals can dedicate the majority of their time to protecting a business’s sensitive information environment. In turn, businesses can put these concerns on the back burner because of this trusted partnership. Outsourcing this service to an external entity can bring a host of benefits to organizations by lowering the cost of training and implementation while also providing businesses with 24/7 coverage. Additionally, this band of specialized IT professionals can scale security tools and practices to fit the needs of any organization. Check out one of our previous blog posts where we breakdown the benefits of outsourcing IT services!
Network security is one of the most important aspects of protecting your privacy and sensitive information. Secure implementations and practices don’t need to be an expensive and complex task. Partnering with Managed Security Service (MSS) providers can be a great step to protecting things businesses value the most. When you stop worrying about security, you can ensure that you can continue to focus on your mission!
To learn more about how Interlaced can help your business with simplified security, scalable architecture, and easy user management, visit www.interlaced.io/contact, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org today!