Network Security Breach
A network security breach happens when a network is accessed by an unauthorized user or application. Once inside the network, these intruders can steal data, compromise software or install viruses.
A network security breach can spell disaster for any IT professional, MSP, or his or her clients, and even the biggest companies with enterprise-level security have fallen victim to a breach. Below are some different types of security breaches along with how such a situation may be prevented.
Types of Security Breaches
Type of breach: Theft of hardware
Prevention: Make sure hardware is physically safeguarded at all times.
Type of breach: Insecure storage or transfer of sensitive information
Prevention: Make sure data remains encrypted during both storage and transfer and maintain control over who has access to folders.
Type of breach: Password hack or leak
Prevention: Use only secure, cryptic passwords and use different passwords for different levels of confidentiality.
Type of breach: Missing patches or updates
Prevention: Make sure all systems within the network are regularly updated with the latest patches.
Type of breach: Virus or malware
Prevention: Implement antivirus and anti-malware software and make sure it’s regularly updated.
Type of breach: Risky or ill-configured software
Prevention: Block the installation of software that is unapproved for company use.
Type of breach: Insecure disposal or reuse of hardware or software
Prevention: Securely delete or destroy sensitive files prior to the disposal or reuse of any hardware or software.
Consequences of a Security Breach
The consequences of a network security breach can include:
- Lost revenue
- Reputation damage
- Identity theft
- Theft of ideas, plans or other intellectual property
- Consumer mistrust
- Market share loss
- Shareholder wariness
Preventing Security Breaches
Preventing a security breach of a network begins with the proper management of the given network. Managed service providers and IT managers alike rely on software from SolarWinds MSP (formerly LOGICnow) to manage patches, run antivirus protection, automate updates and tasks, monitor systems and so much more.
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Network World: http://www.networkworld.com/article/3011103/security/biggest-data-breaches-of-2015.html
Dark Reading: http://www.darkreading.com/study-data-breaches-make-huge-impact-on-brand-reputation/d/d-id/1252742