What Is Network Security?
When it comes to IT services, perhaps the most crucial service is network security. Network security is made up of policies created by a network administrator with the goal of preventing and monitoring unauthorized access and use of a computer network.
What to Ask Your IT Provider About Network Security
As your network partner and provider, we at ProTel emphasize the importance of understanding network security. This being the case, we encourage you to ask questions and raise any concerns you may have. As we work with many small-to-medium-sized businesses, we see how often these companies lack the proper network security that larger businesses have. If your network security is not sufficient, you are putting yourself and your company at risk. So, what are you protecting your network’s usability, reliability and safety from anyway? Specific threats may include:
- Trojan horses
- Zero-day attacks
- Identity theft
- Hacker attacks
These are just a few of the potential threats to your network security.
How Does Network Security Work?
Understanding network security can seem a bit overwhelming at first. But with our IT services at ProTel, we try to make it a little easier for you to understand. It is important for your network security to be layered in the event of a network security failure. This way, if a failure were to occur, there would be added security. Additionally, there is no network security that encompasses every facet of threat protection. Therefore, it is often advised to have multiple network protection systems in place. Further, network security may be implemented through both hardware and software.
What Components Are Used in Network Security?
Because different network security components protect you from different threats, there are many to consider. Some network security components to consider include:
- Virtual Private Networks (VPNs), which offer protected remote access and use
- Firewall, which blocks access from unauthorized users from your network
- Anti-virus and anti-spyware technology
- Intrusion prevention systems (IPS), which recognizes impending threats, such as zero-day attacks
Benefits of Network Security for Businesses
Businesses undoubtedly benefit from the protection of network security. Aside from protecting your personal information and data, network security also protects your company from employee procrastination and distraction. There will be no lull in your service, as network security will keep speeds fast and prevent attacks to your system.
Trusted Partners in Network Security Solutions
At ProTel, we offer network security solutions from a handful of trusted companies with state-of-the-art equipment. In order to support our customer’s needs and price points, we are able to support and install equipment from the following reliable companies:
- Dell Sonic
- Linksys (Cisco)
We work particularly close with Fortinet and often recommend their security solutions to most businesses. For more information on Fortinet, click here.