Businesses are often so concerned with the day-to-day operations that they forget to invest heavily in network security. Others understand the need for comprehensive network security but have a lenient strategy regarding their IT, which can be just as detrimental in the event of a data leak. Understanding what network security entails and best practices help ensure your company’s network is secure from the numerous outside threats looking to infiltrate your network.

What is Network Security?

Often, the best way to get a feel for a concept is to educate yourself on the significant points and the results other users have experienced.

This is especially helpful for network security. On the surface, it might appear to be simply keeping your data safe. However, there’s far more to it than that. When you set in motion a plan to secure your company’s network, you should first consider the protection you need from high-level and low-level threats. It likely consists of regular maintenance, including patching software systems to seal vulnerabilities, integration of security hardware and software on your network, and regular monitoring of your network traffic to help determine the presence of abnormalities. These steps produce a comprehensive network security program that keeps unwanted intruders off your company’s network.

What Can Network Security Protect Your Business From?

Bugs, viruses, and vulnerabilities have all existed since the dawn of computing. But the threats found in today’s technology world vastly outnumber and outperform them.

This is partly due to how society has grown heavily reliant on the Internet. Here are some of the threats that proper network security can protect your business from:

  • Spyware and adware: while not particularly threatening, they can invade your privacy and pave the way for more dangerous infections. Spyware can log your keystrokes, while adware is simply an annoying means to gain profit.
  • Phishing and Identity Theft: Hackers will often try to pose as a reputable institution your business has relations with. They will attempt to steal information from you, such as credit card numbers, banking credentials, or passwords. They’ll do this by appearing legitimate through an email or an elaborate, fake website designed to look like the real deal.
  • Viruses, Malware, and Exploitation of Vulnerabilities: The goal of a hacker is to infiltrate your databases and make off with valuable information or to leave a Trojan backdoor behind for later access at their leisure. Hackers often infect systems with viruses or malware that can cause damage or allow for remote code execution. These measures take advantage of vulnerabilities found within the code of a piece of software or an operating system. They can be difficult to remove once they’ve been implanted.

Network Security from Blue Jean Networks

At Blue Jean Networks, we aim to take preventative measures that prevent threats from entering your system in the first place.

This helps avoid costly maintenance or downtime which might follow a hacking attack. A comprehensive network security solution, like our Unified Threat Management device, keeps threats of all kinds from entering your network and neutralizing those that do. 

Included in our UTM solution are:

  • Firewalls: Firewalls are your first lines of defense against outside threats. A firewall analyzes the traffic and data going to and from your network. Think of it like a virtual bouncer which keeps dangerous entities from entering your network.
  • Antivirus Software: If a virus or piece of malware does manage to get through your firewall, it can be neutralized with enterprise-level antivirus software. An antivirus eliminates threats as quickly as possible while limiting damage done.
  • Spam Blocking: Spam is annoying and useless, and Phishing emails can sometimes slip through your defenses. Instead of going directly to your inbox, where you might fall for their tricks, it goes to the spam folder, where it can be promptly ignored and deleted.
  • Content Filtering: Not all web content is safe for viewing, so your team needs to be able to tell the fake sites from the real ones. Content filtering allows you to block access to specific websites. It’s also good for increasing productivity in the office by limiting employee access to time-wasting websites like Facebook, BuzzFeed, and others.

With Blue Jean Networks’ managed IT services, we can handle the technical information for you while you reap all of the benefits of a protected network. Our services are a monthly investment in your organization, so you don’t end up in the vicious break-fix technology cycle.

A healthy network is a strong network, and Blue Jean Networks can take care of that. With our remote maintenance tool, we can apply the latest patches and vulnerabilities as they are released. If you’re interested in our UTM solution or remote maintenance service, call Blue Jean Networks at (817) 231-0222.