Importance of Network Security

12.17.2019 | Soliton Blog

With the increasing reliance on technology, it is becoming more and more essential to secure every aspect of online information and data. As the internet grows and computer networks become bigger, data integrity has become one of the most important aspects for organizations to consider. Let’s take a look at why network security is so important in today’s digital age.

Why is network security important?

Network security is one of the most important aspects to consider when working over the internet, LAN or other method, no matter how small or big your business is. While there is no network that is immune to attacks, a stable and efficient network security system is essential to protecting client data. A good network security system helps business reduce the risk of falling victim of data theft and sabotage.

Network security helps protect your workstations from harmful spyware. It also ensures that shared data is kept secure. Network security infrastructure provides several levels of protection to prevent MiM attacks by breaking down information into numerous parts, encrypting these parts and transmitting them through independent paths thus preventing cases like eavesdropping.

Getting connected to the internet means that you will receive lots of traffic. Huge traffic can cause stability problems and may lead to vulnerabilities in the system. Network security promotes reliability of your network by preventing lagging and downtimes through continuous monitoring of any suspicious transaction that can sabotage the system.

How can things go wrong in networks that will impact individuals and companies?

Having your network hacked can put you out of business. Vandalism can occur. This typically involves the planting of misleading information into the system. It is one of the many tactics that hackers use. By planting the wrong information, your company’s integrity can be called into question and customers may feel misled.

Damaging of intellectual property is also one of the impacts of faulty networks security systems. Hacking gives unauthorized access to company’s or individual’s information. For instance, the Citibank Security Breach which affected roughly 1% of its customers in the US. If a hacker gets in and steals plans, ideas, or blue prints, the company can miss out being able to implement new designs and products. This might destroy the business or keep it stagnating.

The company can, as well, experience revenue loss. Most attacks launched on a network can lead to crashing. The extended downtime, your company will have to cease making any transactions, leading to revenue loss. The longer the network stays down, more revenue is lost, and your company will begin to look unreliable and potentially lose credibility.

How do you protect your network from unauthorized access?

The NetAttest LAP network access control solutions from Soliton, LAP One and LAP Cloud Manager, act as a detector and blocker preventing unauthorized devices from using network resources. The NetAttest LAP series continuously scans all devices in the network by monitoring their ARP- and DHCP-requests and immediately notifies the IT administrator of an unknown device trying to connect to the network.

The NetAttest LAP series does not require any changes to the network infrastructure and utilizes a simple 3-step configuration that can be completed in as little as 10 minutes - no IT experience necessary! Learning mode can be used to automatically detect all existing network devices, such as PCs, tablets, smartphones and IoT devices, and register them to the whitelist. The whitelist supports manual modification and offers the possibility to export and import the whitelist from third party applications.