Network security is a part of computer networking that involves securing a computer network infrastructure from threats. Threats to IT infrastructure can be anything from viruses and worms to identity theft, and can happen to businesses of any size. Network security is aimed at preventing and/or eliminating these threats, so it is extremely important that your business have network security measures in place.
Network Security Threats
Network security attacks can perform multiple functions, from stealing system knowledge or personal information to interfering with the way a system operates. Some common network security attack methods include:
- Eavesdropping - interception of information by an unauthorized party.
- Viruses - self-replicating programs that can infect a network and cause damage.
- Worms - similar to viruses, but can be spread through email or be "network aware" and select their own targets.
- IP Spoofing Attacks - use a computer with an IP address that mimics the IP of a trusted computer in order to gain access to a network.
- Denial of Service - sends multiple requests to a system until it cannot respond to any more requests and totally shuts down.
- Trojans - disguise themselves as harmless programs but actually have a malicious intent.
- Phishing - attempt to get confidential data from an organization, group or individual by tricking users into exposing sensitive information.
Types of Network Security
Network security isn't one-type-fits-all. Because attack methods are so varied, companies should employ multiple security methods to ensure their network isn't compromised. Network security is typically done with hardware and software, such as:
- Anti-virus and anti-spyware software
- Intrusion prevention systems
- Virtual Private networks
Your best method of defense against network security threats is to layer these solutions using an all-in-one tool.
Layering Network Security Solutions
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- Patch management
- Web protection
- Data breach risk intelligence
- Managed antivirus
- Automated monitoring and maintenance
- Backup and disaster recovery
- Mobile device management
- And more
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University of Florida Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering: http://web.mit.edu/~bdaya/www/Network%20Security.pdf
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