Network Security Recommendations

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Recommendations to help with your Network security initiatives

Establish Executive Sponsorship

Establishing a comprehensive network security  program is vital to ensuring a companies data and resources are protected against today’s constantly evolving threats.   Today’s  breaches require management’s full support, so it is necessary to get executives to understand the scale of the threat and the potential consequences of inaction.

The first step to gaining this support is to schedule a meeting with key executives focused on network seucrity , including the CEO, CFO, CIO and potentially members of the board. Executives are most interested in raw numbers, so when making the case, it is imperative to explain the potential costs involved and why the organization is at risk.

It is also important to establish that network security is an ongoing process. It is not just “fixed” once and for all. With that in mind, lay out a documentation process and schedule follow-up meetings to discuss progress and continued efforts.

Focus on these areas of developing your information security  program

  • Network Security
  • Firewall Security
  • Computer Security
  • IT security
  • Wireless Network Security

IMPLEMENT CONTINUOUS DATA BACKUP AND PROTECTION

Crucial to network security and protecting against data breaches is the use of continuous data protection (CDP), also called continuous backup or real-time backup. In this model, a copy of computer data is automatically saved on every change, capturing every version.

To set this up,  network security professionals should conduct an inventory of all network-attached assets throughout the organization, noting the operating system in particular. Armed with this information, a search can then be conducted to find a CDP product that runs on the operating systems that hold valuable data. Before it is implemented, this backup system should be tested to confirm that it can restore data properly. Once this is confirmed, it can be deployed throughout the organization.

ADOPT A CORPORATE WIDE SECURITY STRATEGY

Having a solid Cyber Security strategy is one of the most powerful ways to keep data safe from prying eyes, protecting both networks and physical hardware that is regularly carried by traveling employees.

Conduct an inventory of all network-attached assets and find an network security encryption solution that will secure all them. This most likely will necessitate the use of multiple solutions from a number of different sources and vendors. When testing, make sure the solution has the ability to recover keys or reset passwords without losing access to data.

Create a “living” corporate network security policy

The best way to coordinate various network security efforts is to put together a policy in a “living” document. This document can be said to be “living” in that it is never final, is always being updated, and evolves and changes over time. Some of the issues covered in this document might include password management, network access control, encryption and enforcement procedures.

Train employees on Cyber Security best practices

With a corporate network security document in place, it is crucial that employees from the reception desk to the C-suite understand its significance and are familiar with the guiding policies. This is particularly important in the area of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) and in keeping antivirus protections up to date.

Further, employees should understand the risks inherent in sending and receiving unencrypted emails, clicking on email links and opening attachments.  All of these activities leave organizations at risk for social engineering hacks. Schedule regular training to ensure employees are aware of current threats and risky behavior.

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