IT Network Security FAQs

Security

What are the most dangerous IT network security threats?

Probably the most feared IT network security threats are hackers and viruses but in reality, the most dangerous threat often comes from the people you know rather than from malicious hackers from overseas. Disgruntled employees who are dissatisfied with your company for one reason or the other can cause a serious damage because they have an access to the system and strike where it hurts the most. But IT network is more often endangered by the employees who have no sinister intentions and jeopardise network security unintentionally. To make things worse, they often are not even aware that they did anything wrong. For that reason it is of key importance to educate your staff about network threats and set clear guidelines on network security measures.

How can I prevent an attack from disgruntled employees?

Having a person working against you in your lines and preventing them from causing damage is everything but easy. There are, however, ways to at least minimise the damage they can cause. Examples include restricted access to sensitive information and creation of encrypted file system, creation of individual log-ins to Intranet and monitoring, raising awareness about physical security among the employees, use of strong passwords, having a strong back-up to recover data, etc..

Why do I have to upgrade my network security all the time?

Security software and techniques to safeguard your IT network offer protection only from known threats. As soon as a new one appears, for example a new virus, you existing software may no longer safeguard your network efficiently. In addition, the hackers and other malicious individuals are coming up with new ways to break into security systems every day. To keep step with them, you therefore need a security system that offers protection from the latest methods of attack.

Do I really need a professional network security management?

One thing is sure. A security software is not enough to keep your network secure staff will require training to keep in line with safeguards. But this does not necessarily mean you need a full time network administrator to safeguard your network. A comprehensive network security management strategy (read the article Tips on IT Network Security Management if you need an advice) will keep it safe from most threats. It is a good idea, however, to at least consult a network security provider about additional security measures because the attacks are getting increasingly sophisticated.

What are secure network devices?

Secure network devices such as secure modems and crypto-capable routers are intended to provide an additional protection from virtual attackers. They prevent them from circumventing the firewall and entering your network.