How Network Security Can Prevent Your Business from Becoming Another Vicitm of Hackers
October 1st, 2015 Matt McCue

“How secure is my business’ network?”

One of the most frequently asked questions of the Tridacom team of IT Consultants is, “How secure is my business’ network?” With the threat of hackers, malware, and intrusions making headlines on a continual basis, many of our clients are concerned with the security of their network.


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There are many different threats to a business’ network, and with fewer resources available to small and medium sized businesses than in enterprise level organizations, network security is a real and valid concern.


There are many different types of threats to a network; the most common are:


  • Malware, viruses, or trojans;
  • Data theft or interception;
  • Hacker attacks;
  • Zero-day or zero-hour attacks;
  • Denial of service attacks
  • Spyware and Adware;
  • Identity theft.

In order to fully protect your network, there must be multiple layers of protection, so that if one fails the others will continue to provide protection. Our team of IT Consultants can develop a network security policy that will give your organization the protection it requires to ensure your data and infrastructure are safe.


Some of the more commonly used protection methods and protocols include:


  • Firewalls, which block unauthorized access to the network;
  • Antivirus and antispyware scanners on devices and email servers;
  • Intrusion Prevention Systems (IPS), which detect fast-acting threats such as zero-day attacks;
  • Virtual Private Networks (VPN), which provide networks with secure remote access.

These layers of protection include both hardware and software, and when working in tandem they provide your network with multiple layers of protection. Software must be continually updated as new versions and updates become available so that newly discovered vulnerabilities are patched.


When new vulnerabilities are discovered, the hackers often take advantage of these vulnerabilities the same day they’re discovered before the patches become available. These type of attacks are called zero-day attacks or zero-hour attacks because the attacks happen on the same day as the vulnerability has been discovered.


A secure network is essential to the success of your business because they ensure that your systems and data are secure from malicious access. Your employees are able to work more efficiently without experiencing downtime due to a compromised network; your customer data is protected from data loss; and your business is compliant with any mandatory regulatory compliance. But arguably the most important benefit is that your business is protected from potentially damaging reputation which could cause irreparable harm (as was the case with AshleyMadison.com).


To learn more about how Tridacom can protect your business from hackers, intrusions, and data theft, contact our IT Consultants today for more information. Our team can develop a security policy and protocols which can protect your network and business from the threats which exist in today’s technological environment.


Call Tridacom today at 1-877-489-0123 and our team will answer any questions you may have, and provide a free, no obligation quotation to secure your network.

 

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