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Building the foundation for an effective security strategy

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  • October 17, 2017
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As companies rely more heavily on their networks for online and business to business (B2B) transactions, network security becomes vitally important. As we move into the age of the Internet of Things (IoT), basic network bandwidth concerns will become secondary to issues like network availability and security for connected devices.

So, how do you protect your organization from emerging threats? For starters, realize that implementing strong security measures takes time and effort. You can’t do it all in a week or even a month. Therefore, figuring out how to plan a long-term approach is essential.

Start with a clear understanding of your needs, including an assessment of your infrastructure and network security requirements. What is the sensitivity level of the data you have? Where is it currently stored, and where will it be in the future? How is the data accessed? Answers to these questions will help you create a list of requirements and high-level specifications for a solution.

Next, assess the cost and risk of disclosure or loss of sensitive data and create a budget for a solution that reasonably mitigates the risk. Having the right network security technology is important, of course, but it is not the entire solution. Network security controls should automatically enforce technical elements of a security policy, such as authentication, authorization, password complexity, access controls, system monitoring and alerting, and more.

The people who use the system must also be trained and competent in performing their tasks. And, you must properly design, enforce, and audit the procedures and policies that define the actions to be taken.

A major challenge for many businesses is they lack the resources they need to implement an effective security strategy for the level of protection they require. The solution is to work with a trusted partner that has qualified and certified security expertise and capabilities. This partner must not only understand the latest security trends but also be able to interpret correct business requirements—and build a security policy and infrastructure that aligns with the organization.

For more information, contact CipherEx at (888) 774-9244 or visit www.cipherex.com.

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