The network is a vital part of the IT environment – that is why it is a key consideration in your IT security. Have you overlooked your network’s protection?
Think, for a minute, about the many, many parts of a modern IT infrastructure. What comes to mind?
First, you will likely think about the parts of it that you and the other staff members actually deal with. The desktop computer that you start up each morning and turn off each night. The printer that you fight with every time you need something in hardcopy. The router with the signal that does not make it quite all the way to the smoking section outside the building.
But what about the other parts?
Think beyond the aspects that represent the user interface. Consider the servers – do you know if they are stored in a closet or server room on-site? Or maybe they are taken care of a few, or even hundreds of miles away, in a data center. Depending on what cloud applications you use for business every day, the servers you are relying on maybe on the other side of the country.
That is not all though. You have got the technology you use and the technology behind the scenes that you rely on – but what is the third part of an IT environment? What ties everything together?
The network. Is yours secure?
Often the least thought of aspect of an IT infrastructure, the network is just as vital as any other part – why? Because it is everything. Both literally and otherwise, the network ties everything together, and by definition, includes all aspects of the environment.
That makes it central to your overall IT security. An unmanaged network is often plagued by a lot of frustrating and dangerous spam as well. It may be harmless emails promoting sales, or it may be truly dangerous messages containing viruses and malware – in either case, it is not something you should have to deal with during your workday.
When you use a VPN, your data is encrypted, or hidden, as it moves from your device to the VPN and then continues onto the Internet through what’s called an exit node. A VPN creates the appearance that your data is coming from the VPN server, not from your device.
Therefore, it’s harder for an attacker to identify you as the source of the data. Even if attackers can intercept your data, the encryption means the attackers can’t understand your data or use it to their advantage.
However, just as it is popular with consumers around the world, it is just as popular a method for hackers trying to do damage to unsuspecting businesses. Similarly, your staff uses a web browser to access online applications, perform Google searched, and a range of other tasks every day. It needs a similar level of security as well.
Network security – and IT security as a whole — can be a complicated subject that is often ignored because of those same reasons. Most business owners are not totally sure their networks are secure – are you?
That is why it is so important to work with an IT company that will incorporate network security into your IT security.
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