What is Network Security?
Network security refers to any activity or services created to protect your network. These services protect the safety, reliability, usability and integrity of your data and network. Network security is a broad service that targets a variety of threats and stops them in their tracks from entering or spreading on your network.
What are Network Security Threats?
Today, Network security threats are generally spread over the internet. Of these threats the most common are: spyware and adware, hacker attacks, viruses, Trojans horses and worms, zero-day and zero-hour attacks, data interception and theft, denial of service attacks and identity theft.
What Do I Need to Secure My Network?
There is not a single solution that will protect you from a wide array of threats. Everyone needs multiple layers of security that way if one fails, you have the others to protect you. There are different types of solutions that require software, hardware or both. These devices and software need to be updated regularly and managed to keep your network safe from new and emerging threats. Optimally, both hardware and software applications for network security will work together in unison which will minimize the ongoing maintenance of the hardware and software while also improving on network security.
What are Network Security Components?
Network Security components usually include: a firewall to block access to your network, anti-virus and anti-spyware, IPS (Intrusion Prevention Systems) that identify spreading threats (Zero-Day and Zero-Hour attacks), VPN (Virtual Private Networks) to provide secure remote access to employees who need to connect to the network infrastructure.