Understanding Network Security

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Maximizing Security

Businesses are often so concerned with their day-to-day operations that they forget to invest heavily in network security. Still, even when taking comprehensive network security measures, a lack of security policies  and procedures for your company can be just as detrimental, leaving your data at risk.  Understanding the layers of network security, as well as the best practices that you can implement to ensure your company’s network is secure from the numerous threats looking to infiltrate your network, is essential to keeping your data and your business safe.

What Can Network Security Protect Your Business From?

Bugs, viruses, and vulnerabilities have all existed since the dawn of computing, but the threats today’s are elusive and continue to change.

Here are some of the threats which proper network security can protect your business from:

  • Spyware and adware: while not particularly threatening, they can invade your privacy and pave the way for more dangerous infections. Spyware can log your keystrokes, while adware is simply an annoying means to gain profit.
  • Phishing and Identity Theft: Hackers will often try to pose as a reputable institution which your business has relations with in an attempt to steal information from you, such as credit card numbers, banking credentials, or passwords. They’ll do this by appearing legitimate through an email or an elaborate, fake website designed to look like the real deal.
  • Viruses, Malware, and Exploitation of Vulnerabilities: The goal of a hacker is to infiltrate your databases and make off with valuable information, or to leave a Trojan backdoor behind for later access at their leisure. Hackers often infect systems with viruses or malware which can either cause damage or allow for remote code execution. These measures take advantage of vulnerabilities found within the code of a piece of software or an operating system, and they can be difficult to remove once they’ve been implanted.

Network Security from Onward Technologies

At Onward Technologies, we take preventative measures that keep threats from entering your system in the first place.

This avoids costly maintenance or downtime which might follow a hacking attack. A comprehensive network security solution, keeps threats of all kinds from entering your network and neutralizing those which do. Our solution includes:

  • Firewalls: Firewalls are your first lines of defense against outside threats. A firewall analyzes the traffic and data going to and from your network. Think of it like a virtual bouncer which keeps dangerous entities from entering your network.
  • Antivirus Software: If a virus or piece of malware does manage to get through your firewall, it can be neutralized with an enterprise-level antivirus software. An antivirus eliminates threats as quickly as possible while limiting damage done.
  • Spam Blocking: Not only is spam annoying and useless, some phishing emails might slip through your defenses. Instead of going directly to your inbox where you might fall for their tricks, it goes to the spam folder, where it can be promptly ignored and deleted.
  • Content Filtering: Not all web content is safe for viewing, so it’s important that your team can tell the fake sites from the real ones. Content filtering allows you to block certain websites from access, so it’s also good for increasing productivity in the office by limiting employee access to time-wasting websites like Facebook, BuzzFeed, and others.

With Onward Technologies’s managed IT services, we can handle this technical information for you while you reap all of the benefits of a protected network. Our services are an inexpensive, monthly investment, contrary to the average break-fix expenses for reactive support.

Give Onward Technologies a call at 312-795-9500.