Securing Business Assets: Unveiling the Key Elements of Network Protection

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Technology is constantly changing, and so is technological infrastructure. IT organizations and businesses worldwide spend billions on hardware and software that are essential to how a business functions, but this side of business depends on network protection. 

But just how does cybersecurity work? What do you need to know as a business owner to equip your business with the right security protocols to avoid potential cyber threats, including phishing scams, malicious websites and unauthorized access to your network devices?

We’ll unveil the key elements of network security protections you need to know to secure your business’ assets. 

What Is Cybersecurity? 

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If you’re unfamiliar with the term “cybersecurity,” that’s okay; it’s something that can get thrown around a lot without explanation. Cybersecurity can encompass many different forms of network protection, from IT infrastructure to how your network is configured. 

Cybersecurity encompasses multiple things, which we will review in detail. 

  • Cloud Security
  • Network Security
  • Network Access Control
  • Perimeter Security – Intrusion Prevention System
  • Access Control
  • Data Security
  • Application Security
  • Social Engineering and Cybersecurity Training
  • Encryption
  • IT Hardware

Cloud Security

Cloud-based network solutions are a cost-effective and secure way to save data. For small businesses, this offers a low cost of entry to getting your network secured without breaking the bank. This is also a great option because it allows limitless scalability, so your IT network can grow as your business grows. 

Another great benefit to cloud security is it does not even need to be installed onsite. If your company is fully remote, or you don’t have the office space to set up an extensive security system, you can gain remote access to a cloud-based network. Plenty of fully offsite cloud networks are accessible to your business. 

Remember that while cloud security is a great option, it should not be the only option for your company’s cybersecurity needs. Cloud-based networks are the most susceptible to a cyber attack, and multiple layers of cybersecurity must be in place to ensure total protection. 

Network Security 

Network security entails setting up security parameters like a firewall, blocking malicious network traffic from the corporate network, and anything that detects and prevents external and internal threats. This can include filtering mechanisms to detect malicious content in web servers and mail exchange servers. 

A firewall is an essential network security tool and the first line of defense. It’s what prevents external sources from breaching an internal network, but it can often be complicated to set up initially. Firewalls control the flow of all incoming and outgoing traffic, so your network will need parameters in place of what is allowed through the firewall. 

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Perimeter Security – Intrusion Prevention System

An intrusion prevention system, or network IPS, continuously monitors network activities. An IPS will keep a constant eye on any external and malicious activity on your network.

It detects anything that tries to enter a network firewall and instantly flags it as malicious. So, for any data that needs to be transferred over, for example, via email, IPS is in place to ensure no malicious software breaches a safe data transfer.

Access Control

The bigger your company is, the more employees you have, and the more you will require different access levels. With more internal departments comes more data to secure and store. This is why network access control is essential in IT infrastructure.

By controlling which departments and employees have access to certain computers, network applications, and data, your business can control the flow of information and overall security and prevent a cyber attack. 

Data Security

Securing data can come in several forms: ensuring backups of files are safe and secure, controlling who sees what data, and where this data is stored. Before cybersecurity, data was stored in confidential files in locked cabinets.

IT security works similarly, through complex digital protection. What’s beneficial to this is fully controlling who can and cannot access specific data and preventing external traffic from accessing it. 

Application Security

Like a network firewall, applications on company computers will also require a firewall. A web application firewall (WAF) prevents malicious software from being downloaded and malicious web traffic. 

Additionally, all apps should be kept current and up-to-date, and those permitted on the network should be carefully monitored and restricted.

Social Engineering and Cybersecurity Training

Social engineering is a technique used to exploit human error to gain access to private information. Sometimes called human hacking, social engineering is used to get unsuspecting people to expose data, give access to restricted areas, or spread malware.

When setting up new employees, providing them with the appropriate cybersecurity training is vital. The most effective way to prevent cyber attacks is by educating employees on how to spot cyber threats like phishing scams, dangerous websites, a malicious URL, or malware.

If your team is familiar with the security policies in place and what they can do to spot any potential threats, then network protection becomes less of a back-end task and more of a team effort to ensure the overall safety of your company’s assets and values. 

IT Hardware

It’s not always thought about as much as software, but having the right hardware is essential for cybersecurity. While purchasing the most cost-effective hardware for your IT infrastructure can be a simple solution, this hardware might not be the safest option.

Choosing equipment from a reputable brand offering technical support is often the best choice, and many of these brands will also offer competitive prices. Whether it’s new laptops, hard drives, wireless network access points, or point-of-sale machines, hardware is crucial to network protection. 

Book a Cybersecurity Audit Today

Contact us if you’re looking for a full-coverage, up-to-date report on your company’s cybersecurity. At Infinity Network Solutions, we provide network analysis by conducting an internal and external assessment of your company’s security network.

Our thorough analysis ensures you can see any security weaknesses and where to improve, further strengthening your company’s network protection. Reach out to us today to book a cybersecurity audit.

As part of our services, we provide a security analysis and will custom design network security protections that fit your needs and help train staff on how to use it. We’ll also recommend the best procedures and security policies to put in place to protect your company’s needs and employee’s privacy.