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Network fortification in the age of hyper-connectivity

Network security systems are confronting ever-increasing threat levels from sophisticated hackers and malware attacks. We’ve identified 3 areas you need to address straightaway.

It’s essential for every organisation to be aware of the dangers faced across their network, from the perimeter to the data centre, in order to protect against these mounting risks with the latest network security solutions.

In this current hyper-connected and always on landscape, more and more devices are continually being added to the global network. With the number of connected devices expected to grow to 125 billion by 2030, this means the number of security threats will continue to significantly grow too.

In 2017 alone, the number of recorded cyber attacks increased by a staggering 164 per cent, compared to 2016. So it’s essential that organisations have reliable and intelligent security solutions in place to reduce their cyber attack surface and protect themselves against an ever-increasing number of threats. However, many of them continue to find it more and more difficult to achieve and maintain network security.

Despite the advancement in appropriate network security tools and policies, many companies still struggle to effectively protect their networks. Because technology has developed so rapidly, and continues to do so, organisations are scrambling to find the security solutions that are required to keep their assets safe. In 2017, 67 per cent of all businesses invested in their cyber security.

Skilled hackers are capable of bypassing perimeter defences, and no single security solution can sufficiently shield a network from every type of attack. New forms of malware and ransomware continue to be developed, with ransomware growth in 2017 topping 2,500 per cent.

Confronting large, highly interconnected networks, complex computing environments and an unpredictable threat landscape, IT departments are wrestling to secure the expertise and resources necessary to safeguard their networks.

A chronic shortage of qualified cyber security staff estimated to increase to 1.8 million by 2020 only adds to the problem.

How to get started

No matter what your business goals are, as your business grows, so does its threat surface. Securing all of your data and assets is critical and should be a key priority.

But where do you start in order to achieve this? We’ve identified three fundamental areas that you need to address and shore up:

1. Endpoints (laptops, desktops, servers, mobiles, tablets)

Endpoint security covers all devices that have access to your network, systems and data. Endpoint security can be defined as securing and protecting your endpoints against all kinds of attacks from zero-day exploits to those inadvertent data leakages that happen due to human error.

2. Network

If a hacker gains access to critical systems via your network, they could extract or access important, highly sensitive data. They can gain access through a number of different techniques; however, the Internet is the most common way that network security is compromised.

3. Cloud (applications)

Cloud computing continues to transform the way businesses use, store, and share data. However, it has also introduced a host of new security challenges. With so much data stored in the cloud, these resources have become huge targets for hackers.

The world is not a safe place but, day-by-day, we’re making it safer.

For more information, download our free security ebook and get in touch  if you’d like to take part in a free security self-assessment.

First published by Capita IT and Networks

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Dominic Birch

Solution director, Capita IT and Networks

Dominic has led and secured public sector WAN deals throughout the UK in a career spanning over 20 years. He has a background in IT outsourcing covering networking, voice, and security platforms. He is driven by success and providing transformational savings to local authorities.

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