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Apr 17

What is Network Security? The Different Types of Protections

Cyberattacks are a growing problem for modern businesses. Losing your information to hackers, phishing scams and system failures can be a major setback that affects your company for years. With so many potential threats, keeping your data safe should be a priority. Businesses need to stay ahead of the game by building an effective security strategy: network security should be a part of your plans. The Southshore Managed IT Group is here to help you protect what’s important to you through our network security services. Below, we take a look at the different kinds of protection you can receive. Call to learn what option is right for your goals. 

What Is Network Security?

Network security is a managed IT service that defends a network and information from various digital threats, including breaches. This is a term that broadly refers to software and hardware solutions and other processes related to network use and threat protection. 

Network security uses antivirus software, access control, network analytics, firewalls and other security measures for a comprehensive defense against digital threats. The exact strategy can be tailored to a company’s specific requirements for maximum safety

Types of Network Security Protections

  • Firewalls. Firewalls are used to control traffic within a network to block unwanted access. Firewalls are paramount to network security to block malware and other cyberattacks. 
  • Network Segmentation. Network segmentation sets boundaries between network segments with assets that have similar functions, risks and roles in the organization. For example, a perimeter gateway segments the Internet from the company’s network. This helps to prevent potential threats from affecting the network, which keeps data safe.  
  • Access Control. Access control determines who has access to certain network systems and applications to prevent unapproved access. Identity and Access Management allows organizations to identify users, while Role-based Access Control ensures that both the individual and his or her device are allowed to access the network. 
  • Email Security. Cybercriminals often use email as a means to steal data through phishing scams and attachments containing malware. Encrypted emails and spam filters can reduce the risks by blocking harmful emails from your inbox altogether. 
  • Data Loss Prevention. Data loss prevention utilizes technology and strategic practices to prevent sensitive data from being exposed to individuals outside of a company, particularly information related to personal identities and compliance data. 
  • Cloud Network Security. Many businesses use the cloud to stay connected across their network. The cloud opens plenty of new possibilities for your company; however, it’s important to keep your data safe in the cloud. Software-defined Networking is one example of a solution that can increase security. 

Contact a Managed IT Specialist to Discuss Your Strategy

Fortunately, businesses have plenty of options to choose from when forming a network security strategy. The Southshore Managed IT Group is prepared to help you assess your options and create an effective cybersecurity strategy that fits your organization’s exact needs. Contact our firm today to schedule an appointment with our knowledgeable team.

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