Securing Your Naked Network

Posted by Jeff Hussey on Nov 3, 2015 8:26:00 AM


Do you have a plan in place for when your network goes down? Because for virtually all networks the question is when- not if- the network will go down. Then the only question is how quickly you can recover from a costly outage.

Your core focus of security is keeping the operation of your network out of the hands of hackers and would-be invaders who either want to disrupt service or steal critical data on your company or your customers. A simple data center outage can cost $7,900 per minute, meaning even a couple of hours down could cost your company nearly a million dollars. Of course this figure only covers operational costs and the true risk lies in a breach of security in data. The infamous data breach suffered by Target in 2013 has cost the retailer $252 million. These expenses include investigation into the breach and repair of the compromised network, as well as legal compliance fees and civil suits by affected consumers.

That's right: a naked network is in breach of the law. The Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act requires corporations to assess network risk in order to identify "reasonably foreseeable internal and external risks." The rub is that internal and external risks are constantly changing. The simplest areas of weakness are natural disasters and human error, but you may be found at fault if, like Target, you fail to protect your network from attackers and suffer a data breach as a result.

You know you need to beef up your network security, but perhaps the cost would be too great to add staff to focus full-time on the myriad risks to any public-facing network. Enter professional solutions, such as those offered by Network Computing Architects Inc., (NCA). The ultimate goal for network security is to minimize cost while ensuring operational continuity, which NCA accomplishes in several ways.

First, NCA offers solutions that are scalable. Network security means something different to a 500-person company than it does to a five-man team, and offering the same solution doesn't make sense: either you won't get enough protection or you'll be overpaying for overkill. NCA offers the flexibility to ensure that month to month you receive exactly the protection you need. Continuity is also assured by disaster recovery plans in place to restore your systems to full functionality as soon as possible.

As a network provider with a team of your own you may question the necessity of outsourcing your security. However, even for teams with a dedicated security network team it makes sense to seek professional solutions. NCA will provide dynamic and responsive security as your needs change. Your team can focus on their core competencies rather than worry about costly hypothetical situations that may never occur. Think of a solid network security solution as insurance: you hope you never need it, but when you do you will be glad you had it.

Network Computing Architects Inc. (NCA) offers complete solutions such as:

  • A network security assessment to assess and monitor potential security threats to your network, as well as ensure compliance.
  • A subscription-based cloud-based firewall that keeps your defenses up to date against emerging threats.
  • Flexible threat mitigation and management to bolster your own security on-site or on the cloud; NCA will develop custom solutions to give your business a wide range of security options based on your needs.

Contact NCA today to begin better securing your network before it's too late.

Network Computing Architects, Inc. is a premier provider of high quality sustainable and secure networking, information security solutions and unified communications. We partner with our clients to provide answers to business initiatives where leading technologies converge.

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