Making the case for Network Security

As we continue this journey into the age of big data, cloud, mobility, social media and so forth, vast amounts of data are being generated daily.  The volume of digital information continues to grow with no end in sight.  More and more, personal and company information are becoming more and more digitized, both in storage and transfer.  Securing this information is a growing challenge, and is becoming more complex by the day.  Protecting digital assets means utilizing the best of available technologies and methodologies to achieve security goals.  Not only must they ensure that the quality and performance of the solution is maintained, they must also assure undoubtedly that the information they seek to protect stays uncompromised.

In the worlds of business and government, troves of information exist that are the focus of network security protection.  Among the many different types, the data in question could be financial, medical, legal information, business intellectual property, and customer information. The vulnerability points could be numerous, and present points of weakness that emanate from such common elements such as a wi-fi network, dial-up, DMZ, Web Servers, VPN, USB drives – just to name a few.  Organizations must therefore ensure they are monitoring all parts of their networks, and ensure they are using the best of security solutions that are deployed properly.  Among the many things to consider are abilities such as administrator notification in the event of a breach and any related actions thereafter.

Network monitoring manifests itself as a sustained operation, examining components of the network for information, failure, or performance.  In the event of a failure, a notification is commonly configured. Depending on the environment this could range from alerting a system administrator, to logging an event in a knowledge base.  Knowledge can be gleaned from a robust and well-integrated system by constantly analyzing performance, server outages, and any behavior that is out of the norm and varies from a baseline.

Securing a network focuses on the effects of external threats to the network.  Many organizations are under the direct influence of regulatory concerns; many others are targeted for attack by criminal and nefarious parties.  Still other organizations may hold and protect valuable consumer and client data.  A breach of such information could be significantly damaging to the reputation of an organization.  The argument for proper and effective security cannot be dismissed in case after case, after case.

There was a time when sophisticated network protection may have been an afterthought.  Those days are long behind us.  Take for example consumer focused services, copious amounts of information are increasingly put into cloud constructs, mobile technologies, across foreign networks, and many other elements that help complicate this picture.  Customers expect their information is safe, secure, and free from prying eyes.  Well publicized stories about identity theft, banking scams, and privacy have brought awareness to the general public.  Though a brief example, when the concept is extended into confidential company information, or financial information, it is quite easy to extend the business-critical nature of network security into countless scenarios.

A well-constructed network security system that is efficient in technical operation and accepted as a necessary policy are critical in today’s network and computing services.  If you have not raised the criticality of security in your organization on par with other services your organization provides, then your organization could possibly face being quite behind in providing the best service possible and be on the wrong side of the risk.  Accepting yesterday’s acceptable security in the ever-changing world of technology is a recipe for failure.

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