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Future of Network Security – Protection from Current and Future Threats
The internet has brought business technology to a new level. The interconnectivity it brings to organizations is unparalleled and is expected to continue to evolve in the coming years.
The internet, however, is a double-edged sword. For all the benefits that it brings to businesses, it also brings its own set of problems, including security threats to your organization.
You have to remember that the internet is a public network that anyone can access. The future of network security will focus on preventing the current and future threats that the internet brings.
New Internet Trends that Threatens Your Infrastructure Security
The internet has certainly changed the way people work, as a result, it also changed the way businesses operate.
It brought different working trends that brought a different set of security problems for IT staffs.
Future of Network Security Problem 1: Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)
To increase productivity, businesses started to implement BYOD or bring your own device policies. This allows employees to bring their own devices to the workplace. The premise is that even outside the workplace, it encourages employees to work even when they are away from the office.
Indeed, the policy is effective, in increasing productivity of employees within and outside the office. The problem occurs, however, when the devices connect to the Internet outside the workplace. These networks do not have the same security measures and could infect the devices with virus, malware, and ransomware among other things. That could affect the device’s performance and even breach local data.
And the threat does not end there. These infected devices will eventually connect to the company network and it can spread whatever threat it got infected with to the infrastructure itself. The virus, malware, ransomware, or whatever threat it has can spread to other devices connected to the network, or worse, infect the company servers, which puts company data on peril.
Future of Network Security Problem 2: Internet of Things (IoT)
Another trend that is gaining traction, not only in households but also in businesses is the Internet of things. Aside from BYOD policies, businesses are also allowing employees to bring their wearables like smartwatches, fitness trackers, and entertainment devices. This is to empower employees and to promote work-life balance.
The problem, however, is these IoT devices have a lot of vulnerabilities. They do not have the same security measures as laptops, computers, and even smartphones and tablets. When employees connect their IoT devices to the company network the can also serve as an open gateway for hackers to exploit.
Protecting your IT infrastructure
As a small business, it will be difficult to implement high-level security measures to protect their IT infrastructure from these threats.
An effective solution is to turn to your trusted managed service provider (MSP). Your MSP can provide:
Security Assessment – Your MSP should be able to objectively assess your IT infrastructure. They should be able to identify the vulnerabilities of your network and provide recommendations on how to address them. This includes addressing your BYOD and IoT policies and how to implement them while reducing their threat to your company network. They can recommend the implementation of a separate network with limited access to the main network. This should isolate the devices under the BYOD and IoT policies and prevent them from being used to infect the whole company.
Incident Response – This includes an automated response for high-fidelity threats to your IT infrastructure. This is a proactive response to immediate attacks to your network. Aside from automated response, your MSP should also have emergency response solutions for critical attacks that were able to bypass your initial security measures.
24/7 Monitoring – This is a proactive approach to current and future network security problems. Your MSP should have a network management software that allows them to constantly monitor your IT infrastructure. Even with no immediate threats, your MSP should send regular reports about the status of your network and should provide immediate notifications for any threats detected.
Protect Your IT Infrastructure Against Current and Future Network Threats with thinkIT Solutions
thinkIT Solutions can assess your IT infrastructure for possible vulnerabilities, recommend IT security measures, and implement effective and reliable high-level security solutions based on your risk tolerance and your overall business goals.
ThinkIT Solutions can implement a multi-layered security approach to protect your network from current and future threats that could lead to data breach, data loss, data corruption, data manipulation, and other cyber-attacks.
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