Network security is defined as the process of securing a computer network infrastructure against network intrusion. As security threats become more and more sophisticated, the need for businesses to adapt has become critical. Organizations need to know the dangers that are out there — and should implement robust security solutions to manage risk.
What Are Common Network Security Threats?
Some of the most common threats include:
- Viruses — A computer virus is just like a biological virus. It infects your computer, hijacks certain files and performs unauthorized actions.
- Worms — The biggest difference between a worm and virus is that a worm doesn't need to attach itself to a specific file. Worms can infiltrate your system via email or over a network.
- Trojan horses — A Trojan horse will disguise itself as a harmless application, but actually has a malicious purpose.
- Phishing — An email that looks like it was sent from a legitimate business, but it is really designed to steal personally identifiable information.
- Spyware and adware — Software that sneaks onto your computer and acquires personal information without the person's consent. It then provides the information to someone else, again, without the person's consent.
- Denial-of-service attacks — An attack that bombards a network with requests until it crashes.
- Zero-day attacks — An attack that occurs on the same day the attacker discovers a vulnerability. These are problematic because there's no time for the victim to take precautionary measures.
These threats can scan your network for any sensitive information such as credit card numbers, Social Security numbers and passwords.
Look at the financial impact of some recent attacks:
- IBM and the Ponemon Institute conducted a study of 350 companies in 11 countries. It showed that the average cost of an individual lost or stolen record cost $154, an increase from $145 in 2014. Worse, the same survey revealed that the average total cost of a single data breach increased to $3.79 million, a 23% rise over 2014.
- An IHS survey costs the average midsize company $1 million a year. Larger companies? More than $60 million.
How Do You Find Effective Network Security?
Use the following list of considerations to get started.
Evaluate Your Current Security Level
Companies typically are unaware of how susceptible their networks and data are to security risks. By assessing its current level of security today, a company can develop the appropriate security strategy for tomorrow.
Identify Your Assets
One of the thorniest things to get right with security solutions is making the most of the resources you have while preparing adequately for the future. When evaluating current security levels, companies must start by taking into account what they need to protect. Critical to this effort is determining the number of levels, or layers, of protection a system needs.
After the number of levels is established, determine whether it’s more important to protect your internal information, secure customer information or whether both are equally important. You can then determine how much the assets are worth and where the assets are located within your system.
Information sharing is a key step for promoting workplace collaboration inside and outside the company. For effective cyber security, responsible data-handling practices are required to determine how shared data is handled inside and outside of your company.
- Is internal data protected from outside intrusion?
- Do internal and external users require prompt access to internal data to perform their jobs?
- Can you control what users have access to what information?
- Can you assign different levels of access to various network users?
Prepare for Next-Generation IT Threats
The tool you select to protect your network today should be scalable, so your company does not outgrow its security tomorrow. With a wave of next-generation IT threats lurking on the horizon, your security tool should be able to cope with the everyday security challenges that tomorrow will bring.
Determine whether a security breach will have far-reaching effects. For example, can an unmitigated breach go as far as to cause your organization lost productivity, interruptions in service or even worse consequences?
Consider Regulatory Concerns
If your business environment is regulated, try to place a price tag on the risks of non-compliance. For example, determine whether your business can sustain a certain amount of downtime before it begins to incur financial or reputation losses.
Finding the Right Network-Security Solution
A network security system usually consists of many components that work in concert to create a secure environment in which computers, users, and apps can operate. However, no one loves juggling multiple pieces of software.
Why SolarWinds MSP (formerly LOGICnow)? Why Now?
Imagine being able to engage the best data professionals and security experts about your network’s security. Imagine how their analysis could allow you to make your network security ironclad. Now imagine that this wish is a reality!
Layered security from SolarWinds MSP is the answer.
MSP RMM is a layered security solution comprising multiple levels of complementary security technologies that work together to provide advanced levels of protection. From best-in-class antivirus, malware, phishing and denial-of-service attacks to web protection, device discovery, network monitoring and backup and disaster recovery — MSP RMM has you covered from all angles of attack.
And that expert analysis? Receive actionable insights based on the analysis of millions of endpoints across hundreds of thousands of networks. Use them to make smarter decisions that beef up security and prevent problems.
You can't waste time trying to find a solution that covers all of the bases and works on your operating system. MSP RMM works on Windows, Mac and Linux so you don't have to worry about getting the support your need.
MSP RMM reinvigorates your IT security by providing the most comprehensive set of tools for securing, maintaining and improving your IT operations in a single dashboard.
Key features include:
- Patch management
- Web protection
- Prescriptive data analytics
- Data breach risk intelligence
- Managed antivirus
- Remote access
- Automated monitoring and maintenance
- Backup and disaster recovery
- Asset and inventory tracking
- Mobile device management
MSP RMM offloads the majority of your IT maintenance through automation. It takes over routine tasks, checks, alerts and the approval of important patches.
But MSP RMM doesn’t stop there. It also allows you to automate even more activities by tapping into a library of scripts and by allowing you to upload your own scripts to tailor its automated maintenance to your particular environment and requirements.
Mapping IT Threats to MSP Risk Intelligence
As an MSP, the threats facing your network’s resources are all too real. The decision-makers in your company who wield the checkbook, however, don’t often sense the same urgency. The most effective way to convince them is to translate risk from words and graphs into dollars and cents.
MSP Risk Intelligence is a dollar-based risk management tool that conducts real-time scans of your network in search of sensitive data and vulnerabilities. The results are translated into real dollars based on the liability detected by the scans. Translating risk into financial terms helps the key stakeholders digest this information and take action.
In today’s distributed networking environments, sensitive data is scattered throughout the organization. With this in mind, MSP Risk Intelligence locates sensitive data no matter where it resides within the network and provides actionable insights for protecting those sensitive data assets to reduce risk.
MSP Risk Intelligence also identifies real and potential vulnerabilities that can lead to a data breach — whether those risks come from email, malicious web downloads or other sources — so you can tighten your security everywhere you need it.
About SolarWinds MSP
SolarWinds MSP delivers the only 100% SaaS, fully cloud-based IT service management (ITSM) platform, backed by collective intelligence and the highest levels of layered security. SolarWinds MSP’s MAX products, including Risk Intelligence, RMM, Backup & Recovery, Mail Protection, Access Manager, Manager and Anywhere — comprise the market’s most widely trusted integrated solution.
Deployed on millions of endpoints across hundreds of thousands of networks, the platform has the industry vision to define and deliver the future of the market. SolarWinds MSP provides the most comprehensive IT security available as well as the first ever IT notification feature powered by prescriptive analytics and machine learning.
SolarWinds MSP’s passion is helping IT professionals secure and manage their systems and data through actionable insights, rewriting the rules of IT.
For more information, visit www.SolarWindsMSP.com.