Managing network security has become imperative for companies that are looking to stay breach and virus-free these days, and Data Center Journal said proper management will help keep a company safe and keep malicious parties away from the IT infrastructure and hopefully stop any attacks that are attempted in their tracks.
"The critical first step of managing your network security is recognizing what exactly is threatened by malicious software and third parties," according to the website. "Start by considering the company network by itself, isolated from any outside interaction. Here, the threat is mostly from those who are able to gain access from inside the boundaries of the company campus. Ignoring matters of physical site security, this threat requires careful access control that prevents unauthorized parties from seeing or changing data or other aspects of your network."
Data Center Journal said that for many organizations, this means creating a hierarchy of security by giving users access to different portions of the network instead of giving all users carte blanche. This will help curb a lot of the lost data simply by accident or via insider threats, as companies already have enough security worries from the outside without having a fear sabotage. The website said organizations must realize that direct attacks are not the only thing to worry about and the company will need to keep its proverbial head on a swivel to make sure communications are protected on the way out so that nothing is phished away from an unsuspecting worker or accidentally leaked out.
Setting clear expectations
Making data security second nature for employees and others within the company would be a wise choice for any company, as the news source said the greatest flaw in any company is likely the people who handle the data.
"An employee opening a suspicious attachment (like those ones from the accounting department with the spreadsheet you supposedly requested) can easily nullify thousands of dollars of investment in network security," Data Center Journal said. "One weapon you have to fight human error is strong, clear security policies. Remember, people will make mistakes sometimes – it’s an unavoidable fact of life. You may have even made one or two yourself. But by providing staff with clearly spelled-out policies and training as appropriate, you can reduce the frequency of such errors."
The website said companies must be always thinking about the future of security as well to stay on the cutting edge and keep any new-era criminals away from the system. Cloud computing, mobile devices and any big data solution the organization has in place has to secure the sensitive data that moves back and forth between these new technologies.
Writing the best possible security policy
Tim Wilson wrote on Dark Reading that having the best possible security policy in place means the business must communicate all of the ways that it would like to protect important data. Instead of allowing employees to simply sign off on a policy and move on, companies need to ensure that these guidelines are understood and clearly written, even if education and training is needed.
The website said issues that should be kept in mind when writing a data security policy should include:
– Get all relevant stakeholders involved and see if they have any areas they want to see better secured or ideas of creating a better policy
– Look at how employees interact with each other and make sure the safe with to communicate in an online setting is laid out
– Control the areas that need to be locked down, protected and/or controlled so there is no room for error where there cannot be
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