When it comes to network infrastructure, security is a top priority. Any gaps in security will be targeted by hackers who can steal valuable data and compromise the personal information of your customers. Securing the network can be especially challenging as you add new points of access, including mobile devices, for employees and customers. Fortunately, there are clear steps you can take to design a secure network infrastructure that eliminates gaps and protects information.
1. Identify Assets
The first step to building a secure network is fully understanding your vulnerabilities. Where is your sensitive data stored? What are the access points? Which systems are most critical? While this can be a labor-intensive process, it is essential to laying the foundation for a secure network.
2. Segment the Network
Segmenting the network and isolating certain high-value systems will prevent hackers from being able to move laterally throughout the network. Even if they are able to gain access to one segment, they will be cut off from the entire network.
3. Setup Monitoring Tools
Network security is an ongoing task that will require vigilance. Make sure that you are utilizing monitoring and prevention tools that will track network traffic, prevent unauthorized users from gaining access and send alerts when there is strange activity detected.
4. Create a Logging System
Logging network activity and data breaches can involve collecting and correlating massive amounts of data but are it essential to generating valuable reports.
5. Minimize Privileges
Security privileges should be handed out sparingly. Employees should only have access to information that is relevant to their work. If necessary, create temporary privileges and be sure to track all activity.
If you are concerned about your network security infrastructure, contact the experts at Network South. We can help you take advantage of the latest technology and create and maintain a secure network that allows your business to thrive.