Connecting to LinkedIn...

W1siziisijiwmtuvmdqvmtuvmdgvntqvmzgvnzi1l01ptlrbu0hfqkxpr19vtljftkrfukvex0lnqudfx3jlc2l6zwrfyw5kx3jlbmrlcmvklmpwzyjdlfsiccisinrodw1iiiwimtkymhgxmjuwiyjdxq

Blog

A complete guide to network security

5/02/2014 by

W1siziisijiwmtqvmtavmjgvmtuvntevndkvntqyl2zpbguixsxbinailcj0ahvtyiisijywmhg0mdbcdtawm2uixv0


Information security professionals are fond of pointing out that networks are only as secure as their weakest point. The most pressing issue for organisations today, though, is that the increasing complexity of our networks means there are many more weak points for hackers to exploit.

Since we’re all increasingly reliant on digital technology, there’s a lot more valuable information out there in the electronic ether that’s ripe for the picking. This has led to a vast increase in both the volume and sophistication of attacks.

As a result, it’s becoming increasingly difficult for organisations to find and plug all the holes before they fall foul of a potentially damaging breach. Without a sound security strategy and the continual use of automated tools to monitor networks for vulnerabilities and orchestrate their security policies, many network managers are forever chasing their own tails, reacting to events as they occur.

THE CHALLENGES OF NEW TECHNOLOGIES

Trends such as BYOD (‘bring your own device’)cloud computing and social networking present untold challenges for network security managers, and require that organisations take a fundamentally different and more rigorous approach than might have been appropriate a decade ago. Back then, the threats were comparatively minimal – a few nasty worms and viruses that you could, by and large, deal with by firewalling the perimeter of your organisation and running up-to-date antivirus software, and ‘man in the middle’ attacks which you could prevent by using encryption and VPNs.

Today, employees use myriad devices, operating systems and browsers to access their applications and data. There are iOS, Android, Windows and BlackBerry smartphones and tablets; Apple, Windows and Linux laptops and desktops, plus at least 10 different types of web browser. Not only that, but all of these operating systems and browsers have multiple flavours and versions, all of which present different security vulnerabilities. And since many devices are owned by employees, they often sit completely outside corporate control.

If a single device, file or online account becomes compromised or infected, employees might subsequently infect systems inside the corporate firewall. A hacker with criminal intent doesn’t even have to be particularly tech-savvy. Anyone can download easy-to-use attack tools that exploit known security holes, and there are even underground web marketplaces where attackers can buy unpublished (so-called ‘zero day’) vulnerabilities.

This article has been extracted from http://www.itproportal.com/, please click on this link to read the article in full  http://www.itproportal.com/2014/02/05/complete-guide-network-security/#ixzz2sRkXmD9v

Montash is a multi-award winning , global IT recruitment firm. Specialising in permanent and contract positions across mid-senior appointments across a wide range of industry sectors and IT functions including:

ERP, BI & Data, Information Security, IT Architecture & Strategy, Scientific Technologies, Demand IT and Business Engagement, Digital and E-commerce, Infrastructure and Service Delivery, Project and Programme Delivery.

For more information please contact us on +44 (0) 20 7014 0230 or alternatively send us an email on info@montash.com.

comments powered by Disqus

Social Stream

Latest News

W1siziisijiwmtcvmdevmjavmtavntyvmtkvnzgzl0nsts5qcgcixsxbinailcj0ahvtyiisijm4mhgxmdajil1d

Salesforce moves into Seattle with new engine...

2017-01-20 10:00:00 +0000

Salesforce, a world leader in customer relationship management (CRM) solutions, has revealed that it is to open an innovation and engineering hub in Seattle. In order to increase the firm’s presence in the city, Salesforce Co-Founder Parker Harris said that the office located in Bellevue’s Nine Two Nine Office Tower will focus on its artificial intelligence (AI) initiatives. One reason for the move is so that the firm can access a new pool of talent. Ta...

W1siziisijiwmtcvmdevmtgvmdkvmtqvmzmvmzk5l0vsuc5qcgcixsxbinailcj0ahvtyiisijm4mhgxmdajil1d

Sage bolsters X3 business ERP solution

2017-01-18 09:00:00 +0000

Sage, one of the global leaders in enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions, has revealed that it has signed up a trio of new clients to its X3 business solution. With the Salesforce.com partner wanting to be able to show its ability to host larger clients, the firm revealed that BrightBridge, Atlas Cloud and CLOUT are all now utilising the new and emerging X3 ERP platform. Sage Vice President of UK Enterprise David Watts talked about the latest agr...