What Is It?
Network security is an over-arching term that describes that the policies and procedures implemented by a network administrator to avoid and keep track of unauthorized access, exploitation, modification, or denial of the network and network resources.
This means that a well-implemented network security blocks viruses, malware, hackers, etc. from accessing or altering secure information.
The first layer of network security is enforced through a username/password mechanism, which only allows access to authenticated users with customized privileges. When a user is authenticated and granted specific system access, the configured firewall enforces network policies, that is, accessible user services.
However, firewalls do not always detect and stop viruses or harmful malware, which may lead to data loss. An anti-virus software or an intrusion prevention system (IPS) is implemented to prevent the virus and/or harmful malware from entering the network.
Network security is sometimes confused with information security, which has a different scope and relates to data integrity of all forms, print or electronic.
Benefits of Network Security
Protects Your Business – The biggest advantage is that it can provide comprehensive digital protection to your business. This allows employees to surf the internet as needed, and ensure that they aren’t at risk from potential threats.
Protects Personal Info – One of the most valuable commodities in the digital age is personal information. If a virus is able to obtain personal information regarding employees or customers, they are capable of selling that information or even using it to steal money.
Allows Employees to Work Safely – Businesses and employees are constantly at risk from a potential cyber-attack. If your system, or even individual computers, become infected which can impact productivity and even replacement of computers.
Protects Productivity – Viruses can slow down personal computers to a crawl, and make working on them practically impossible. This causes wasted time for employees, and can often bring to a standstill.
Keeps Websites from Going Down – As a business, chances are you’re hosting your own website. If your system becomes infected, there is a very real chance that your website be forced to shut down. This means that not only a business is losing money from missed transactions, the risk of losing customer trust, and certain viruses can often do lasting damage to a system.
Denies Spyware – Spyware is a form of cyber infection which is designed to spy on your computer actions, and relay that information back to the cyber-criminal. A great cyber security solution can prevent spyware from taking effect and ensure employees’ actions remain private and confidential within the workplace.
Prevents Adware – Adware is a form of computer virus which fills a computer with advertisements and is fairly common. However, all these advertisements can really have an impact on productivity and can often allow other viruses to enter your computer once you’ve accidentally clicked on them.
A Consolidated Solution – The very best kinds of IT security for a business will offer a comprehensive solution to protect against a diverse range of issues. Ideally, security needs to include a firewall, anti-virus, anti-spam, wireless security and online content filtration.
Support Your IT Expert – It might be unpleasant to hear, but most cyber-criminals will have much more experience than your average employee when it comes to digital crime. The best IT security systems can provide your team with the features and support that they need to effectively fight against even the most determined criminal.
Inspire Confidence in Your Customers!– If you can prove that your business is effectively protected against all kinds of cyber threats, you can inspire trust in your customers and clients. They will then feel more confident when purchasing your products or using of your services
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