Balance Network Performance and Security with the Best Practices
Cybersecurity is a very critical part of every enterprise’s success but if implemented poorly it can cause poor network performance. The average number of alerts received in North America has been increasing rapidly and has reached up to 10,000 to 15,000 alerts every day. Of course, every alert doesn’t respond to the legitimate threat but then it creates its problem – according to a recent report. A company averagely spends $ 1.3 million annually on investigating false positive alerts. That’s the reason why enterprise network professionals admit that mostly they ignore the cybersecurity alerts.
These alert systems not only make cybersecurity professionals live more difficult, but they also hamper network performance by overboard restrictions to enterprise activity. Striking the proper balance between security and performance is admitted to be difficult, but if this balance is adopted then it can be taken as the first solid step in building a safe and secure network for the enterprise.
Cybersecurity is an Endless Endeavour
The most important thing the enterprise IT team should do is to ensure that their network is secured and accept that cybersecurity is not a “set it and forget it” endeavor. Enterprise upper management and IT team alike will treat cybersecurity as a process – invest, deploy and test. This process needs to be completed once. Cybersecurity seems to be a dynamic task that needs to be completed on a 24/7 basis.
It also involves proper implementation of third-party plugins and programs like java and adobe suite, along with this additional layer of security must be added in response to the emerging threats which help in proper monitoring and management. All of this has to be done on a rolling basis or else enterprise will be outpaced by today’s remarkably agile cybercrime syndicates.
Take a proactive approach to Securing New Technologies
Enterprise need not to perform daily cybersecurity tasks like patching and monitoring but must proactively tackle cybersecurity challenges, According to a research there will be as many as 50 billion internets of thing (IoT) devices in 2020 – many of which will be established in office setting and yet only 37% of the enterprise have well-established protocols in place.
This lack of preparation within the enterprise is a cause of concern as IoT devices present as a host for many cybersecurity concerns. Not only most IoT devices run simplified operating systems but they are also designed with patching and updating which makes it incredibly difficult to reliably secure their internal firmware. If the enterprise waits until it blossoms into a problem, their only course of action will be to impose extreme “catch-all” measures that will both undercut the network users and IoT devices.
Accommodate On-the-Ground realities
In many enterprises, you may get many people who may always say “No!” There are of course plenty of reasons why an IT team will blacklist a certain piece of software or can require certain sensitive passwords that need to be changed every month. But to the average regular employees, such regulations might seem oppressive. To mitigate this tension enterprises must deploy their cybersecurity team with proper strategic trade-offs between security and business interests.
For instance, an IT team might decide that a password comprising of lowercase, uppercase, alphabets, numbers constitute the best defense against hackers. In practice, many employees will find it difficult to remember these and record them in a labeled document. In other words, by failing to make concessions and demanding ultra-strict security protocols, an IT team can make their network less secure.
Choose the Right Networking Partner
Finally, enterprise IT teams should admit and take proper steps to make fill their knowledge gaps and make their network secure. Modern networks always include update network devices, systems, applications, users that are unaccounted for, and hence it represents the huge cybersecurity blind spot. To overcome these threats and make your network safe & secure, an enterprise should undergo a comprehensive network assessment conducted by a trusted partner like TechNEXA Technologies.
At TechNEXA Technologies, our experts and numerous certifications let us diagnose network issues and add innovative enhancements to the existing network that add both performance and security. There can always be a trade-off between network performance and security but with experts at TechNEXA in your corner, you can make sure that your company’s network strikes the right balance.