Security Assessment: The Benefits of A Secured Network

There are immediate benefits to be derived from having a secured network. For companies, there are great financial benefits to be realized, while for individuals there is the benefit of having the peace of mind that a hacker can’t just break into your computer network. For you to enjoy these benefits you will need a strategic security company that is able to perform effective security assessment and penetration testing on a regular basis. The Information Technology (IT) Security Company will ensure that vulnerabilities in the network are identified and resolved to prevent the likelihood of hackers getting access to your network. Here are some other benefits of getting your network assessed for security purposes:

Good Knowledge and Clear Understanding

The information that you will gather from an IT consulting Security Company will perfect your knowledge and understanding of the current information concerning the security risks. Some experts will tell you that one of the very first steps in getting a secured network is to understand your organization’s security state. When your understanding is clear and complete, you will be better able to identify the vulnerabilities that are associated with your network. This understanding will further help you in your plight to protect critical business information, confidentiality and the integrity of your business.

Established Internal Awareness of Information Security Risks

Another benefit to be derived from assessing your network’s security is the fact that internal awareness and vigilance will be increased, thus increasing your chances finding holes in your network that can be exploited by hankers. Not only will you be able to benefit from identifying holes quicker, but more informed decisions can be made by management, and other weaknesses present in the processing, storing and channeling of data throughout the organizational security controls.

Improvements to the Overall Security System

With periodical reviews, evaluations and assessments of the network within your company, there will be the added benefit of an improved overall security posture. Of course, when improving your network’s security, you will need to bear in mind that the information that is pertinent to the business’ objectives is the focal point of security. In other words, the improvements must be made where the core information is entered, processed, and stored. Also by performing penetration testing and security assessment, you will be in a position to proactively secure and resolve any weakness before it is exploited by unlawful hackers.

Meet Regulatory Compliance Standards

In all industries there are best practices and regulatory compliance standards that must be followed. If these standards are not adhered to, the company usually faces fines and penalties, and in some extreme cases imprisonment. To help you satisfy these requirements and forgo the penalties, a security assessment is undertaken to evaluate your current position, where you need to be in relation to the standards, and the strategies and penetration testing that may be necessary for you to implement if you are going to meet the industry standards and requirements. Don’t worry too much about the standards; focus on getting the professional consultation that is necessary for your success.

Secure, Network Compliant BYOD Solutions Are NOT a Myth

In a recent article featured on Forbes.com, Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) is described as an inevitable component of the evolving office ecosystem. In the same article, a statistic borrowed from an IBM study & reveals that 81% of organizations reported their employees are using their personal mobile devices to connect to “company resources”. If you are an AV integrator or the head of IT, this statistic probably conjures fears of rampant network security risks.

But BYOD doesn’t necessarily equate to network security problems. Based on the current trend of using mobile devices in the workplace – secure, network compliant BYOD solutions are almost certain to arrive in the very near future. It is up to technology innovators to meet the market demand by developing, testing, vetting, and integrating the products to keep up with the trends we see around us. In short, embracing the changing workplace dynamics – and the products that support them – is likely the only way forward.

Like any other disruptive trend in technology, there are growing pains in the adoption phase. One of the biggest growing pains for BYOD in the workplace is security. So what does a secure BYOD solution look like?

We have identified 3 key criteria for secure, network compliant BYOD solutions.

1. Routable TCP/IP Traffic with Adjustable Base Ports

The complexity of many corporate and campus networks is often matched only by their uniqueness. After all, the many subnets and VLANs included on the enterprise network were set up to serve the unique requirements of the specific organization. Therefore the likelihood of any other enterprise having the same network setup is infinitesimally small. This is why it’s so important that BYOD solutions that hit the network feature routable TCP/IP traffic with adjustable base ports – so the solution can be configured flexibly to fit the network without creating additional, unnecessary work for the IT department. This is also important in order to avoid violating IT policy, which could prohibit the deployment altogether.

2. Controlling Access from all those Devices

Another security risk associated with BYOD revolves around the regulation of access in the workplace once these devices are supported on the network. To use a common use case as an example, if a wireless BYOD presentation is taking place in the conference room, how do you prevent uninvited users from sharing content to from their device and disrupting the meeting?

For this reason, access control is our second criteria for BYOD solutions. A solution to this challenge would be to offer multiple access modes that can be set in-room or remotely. Access could then also be locked by an admin or left up to users in the room to determine when beginning a session. Additionally, access control options could be dynamic, which means they could be changed during a meeting without interrupting the flow of information posted to the shared display.

In addition to these modes, it would be ideal if any session could be closed once all in attendance have joined. This combination of access control options creates secure access for nearly every type of meeting and use case.

3. Remote/Centralized Management

It’s a hard truth that nearly all technology crashes at some point or another, and those crashes can lead to big issues for the IT department and the network. That’s why remote/centralized control is such an important factor for BYOD solutions, especially large deployments.

Not having the ability to monitor, configure, and update BYOD solutions on your network from a remote/centralized work station makes larger, more complex deployments difficult to manage. Ideally, there would be a way to support remote/centralized management of every instance across the network. Network administrators could then monitor, configure, and update settings for any/all instances from their workstation anywhere on the network.

With BYOD becoming a standard in work spaces, security is and will remain a paramount concern and consideration for evaluating new solutions. The best solutions with work with your existing network and make it (relatively) easy for your IT department to securely deploy, monitor, and manage the system. BYOD presents many inherent risks, but many of these risks can and should be addressed by solutions that work within secure network environments.