Security is a top priority for any organization and it is critical in order to protect sensitive client data. As organizations adopt new and improved technologies, they are also faced with new security threats. Hackers, viruses, and human error can pose as serious dangers to any network. Fortunately, with new applications and numerous network security tools available, most security breaches can be prevented. Here are 3 steps you can take in order to secure your organizations network.
Develop a Formal Security Policy
In order to establish a secure network infrastructure, developing formal security policies defining the roles, responsibilities, acceptable use, and security practices is essential.
Monitor, Assess, & Evaluate
Continuing to monitor and evaluate each layer of your network internally and externally will help determine potential threats in order to implement the appropriate security measures. There is no single solution to protect you from a variety of threats. Networks are multi-layered systems which means you will need multiple layers of security in the event that one fails.
Many organizations rely heavily on networks for much of their core operations. As the risks and security concerns for networks grow, it is important to practice security policies and protocols and to test the integrity of your network on a regular basis in order to eliminate the threat of compromising sensitive data.
There are many business benefits to a secure network. Less network interruptions will help employees remain focused, therefore increasing productivity. Network security will not only help your organization meet mandatory regulatory compliance, but will also protect your client data and reduce the risk of legal action from data theft. Most importantly, protecting your network will also protect your businesses reputation.
“Security must be considered a process, not a product-based point solution.” – Cisco Solutions