Do you know for sure that all of your information is protected online? In the digital world, the only way to know for sure is of you have network security. Think of it this way. Would you leave your door unlocked every day when you leave for work, allowing anyone to walk in a take what they want? Would you leave your car door unlocked with the keys in the ignition?
Of course you wouldn’t. What many people don’t realize is that not having network security is like leaving all of your online information open to those who want to steal it. If you are new to network security read the following description of what it is and how it can be beneficial.
What is network security?
Network security is a general term that refers to any program that protects your network from a wide range of unwanted outside sources. The term “network” itself refers to any two or more systems that are connected to each other. Usually this consists of a client terminal or central computer and one or more host users.
Networks are extremely common. In fact most companies use networks, allowing individuals to access the Internet source from anywhere in the office. Another example is an open access public network where literally anyone with a laptop or smartphone can connect and use the Internet.
What kind of threats are there to my network?
The main problem with networks is that they are susceptible to a wide number of threats. The common is perhaps a virus, which is programmed to infect computers and replicate itself. Viruses are usually triggered by the main use of the network. Other threats include Trojan horses which is the delivery vehicle of harmful code, denial of service attacks which prevent you from access certain programs on your computer, and identity theft.
What are the benefits of security?
There are several different types of network security. Firewalls will keep harmful material out of your network. Anti-virus software constantly scans your programs and compares them to malicious software. If it notices a match it will alert you immediately and try to get rid of the virus. Anti-spyware and anti-adware programs act similarly to anti-virus software by searching for anything than can harm your network.
Why should a business invest?
Businesses should especially consider investing in network security. If your network was attacked, and everyone in your office used that network imagine how much productivity would suffer if no one could use essential programs. If your company stores a large amount of customer information, understand that it is a huge liability. If a hacker were able to get in to the network they could steal that information. Not only would you lose customer trust but you could have a lawsuit on your hands. Potential customers may be hesitant to give you their information in the future, knowing it isn’t safe. Finally, network security may be necessary to meet certain regulatory requirements.
Rick Delgado is a freelance writer who specializes in technology advancement and network monitoring. He enjoys keeping up with the latest gadgets and anticipating the next breakthroughs.