Network Integration Services: Email Security

6 May 2013 | Comments Off

Before the days of the smartphones, sending letters in the mail was the norm.  Remember throwing a letter in an envelope, sealing it with a stamp, walking out to the mailbox? Those vague memories have been taken over by the simple click of a send button.  However the simplicity doesn’t come easy.

For the most part emails are a part of our daily routines.  We email for business purposes, pay our bills, catch up with a pen pals, however with technology rapidly changing and the threat of cyber attacks and hacking on the rise it is important to note that implementing tactics to keeping up to date with your email security is crucial for managing your personal information.  Check out a few tips for keeping your network infrastructure safe.

1.    Have Separate Accounts

It is wise to split up your accounts, one for personal, one for work, or even a third for junk mail.  Make sure you have a separate account strictly for bills and internet banking.  The amount of sensitive information in such emails, shouldn’t be mixed with newsletters from your Yoga studio.  Many sites that require you to input an email address often sell that address to third parties, which result in spam.

2.    Delete History on Public Computers

Sometimes we forget to do the simplest things and that includes deleting your browsing history on a public computer, this includes internet cafes, public libraries or even a friend’s computer.  It is important to remember that all browsers keep records of all the sites you have visited and accessed.  With a simple click of the delete button you can ensure that the next person won’t be tempted to browse through your private information

3.    Encryption, Encryption, Encryption

Deleting history and having separate accounts is one thing but most people don’t realize that emails travels between servers and computers, often making your information most vulnerable.  Hackers often easily collect data packets, often found on your private emails, moving on a network and can easily input that information on their own computer.  Encryption creates a barrier against hackers and data packets, creating gibberish instead. Adding a virtual private network (VPN) is the best way to add encryption and keep your email safe. When you use a VPN, your data is thoroughly encrypted and goes through a VPN tunnel which secures your VPN packets.

Follow these steps for secure browsing and keeping those emails away from unwanted hands!

Network Security Threats and Implementing Network Security

5 May 2013 | Comments Off

Network security has been a hot topic in the IT world lately.  Although many know what a network security threat is, however many do not know what it entails.  There are two types of threats to network security, they include: logic attacks or resource attacks.

Bright Hub better explains:

Logic attacks, is an exploitation strategy used to bend any weakness within the system to will. These weaknesses can include anything from software vulnerabilities, like backdoors, to security lapses in code. The aim is to break into the system, either to crash it or to grant access to an unauthorized individual.

Resource attacks, on the other hand, aim to overwhelm network resources to the point of collapse. This was a common trick in the 90s, but is slowly becoming less popular. The idea of resource attacks into force the system to crash, and therefore become vulnerable. These attacks are carried out in a number of ways; most easily by flooding a server with more service requests than it can handle. Some resource attacks involve the installation of malware on the network, causing it to become vulnerable.

Implementing Network Security

In order prepare/avoid being attacked there are tactics to take to make sure you reduce your risk.

Protect: Make sure all apparatus have adequate authentication and authorization policies.

Inspect: Stay on top of monitoring

Experiment: Test the vulnerabilities of network security by implementing a run through attack. If failed, it is time to implement more rigorous techniques.

Increase: Based on all the preceding phases, collect data and use it to build better safeguards.

One must keep in mind that maintaining network security strategies requires consistent monitoring and strategies.  With technology rapidly changing by the day, different hacking techniques become more complex, making it easier to hackers to swindle their way.

Samsung Revs Up Network Security to Attract Blackberry Users

2 May 2013 | Comments Off

network securityBeing one of the biggest names in the smartphone industry, Samsung is stepping up its network security, in attempts to attract business users, a demographic typically subjugated by Blackberry.

According to The New York Times, Samsung has been stepping up their game against malware beefing up the Android software; the software that powers its smartphones. Their aim is to attract to corporate information technology departments, who have long favored Blackberry.

In order to gain the audience, Samsung has added similar Blackberry features to the Android, such as creating dual “personas” for business and personal use, which is also found on the BlackBerry 10. This makes it less complicated in case malware got into the “personal persona” and vice versa.

In addition, Samsung has been reportedly teaming up with General Dynamics, a military contractor whose partnership with the company is expected to show up in the March unveiling of the Galaxy S IV.

Samsung’s efforts are also prevalent throughout their advertising, as they are pushing and focusing heavily on business usage.  American Airlines, Dish Network and Boston Scientific have already joined the wagon utilizing Galaxy phones and tablets.

Tim Wagner, Samsung’s VP for enterprise sales who used to work at BlackBerry, is confident in his company’s strategies and tactics, stating, “we will become number one in enterprise.”

Best Practices of Network Infrastructure

30 April 2013 | Comments Off

network infrastructure All companies are live and thrive off of technology. They use it to stay organized, and be competitive with others. Every company in any industry has a main goal: to increase business productivity.  In order to accomplish this, they must implement proper network infrastructure. Without the proper infrastructure in place, companies cannot guarantee the protection, confidentiality, and integrity of their data.

Following are the four components of a solid business network, each of which must be configured to work together:

Firewall Protection

Firewalls should be an organization’s first line of defense against the unprotected Internet.  Organizations with high-speed Internet access generally leave their networks connected 24/7, and thus, inadvertently allow outsiders access to the network and all its data. (A good analogy would be leaving the door to your house unlocked all the time.) Without firewall protection, this open access presents a potential loss exposure. Hardware firewalls are the only way to effectively eliminate would-be trespassers and security threats. (In simple terms, a firewall is the lock on a door that keeps out unwanted guests.)

Backup Solutions

A backup copy is the first step in protecting data from disasters Backup solutions are a vital component of an organization’s network infrastructure and disaster recovery plan. A properly configured backup solution enables companies to recover their data in the event of a disaster, including those caused by natural events, terrorist attacks, user/human error, and computer viruses such as the recent Nimda, Badtrans and Goner viruses.

Anti-Virus Solutions

Anti-virus solutions, when configured properly, provide extreme value to organizations, as they reduce virus threats that can negatively affect costs and system uptime. Viruses may destroy data and severely limit the ability of an organization to operate. An effective anti-virus solution must be configured and managed via the organization’s production server, which will work to protect all local installations in the network at one point in time.

E-mail Solutions

In today’s fast-paced business environment, e-mail has become a mission-critical communications application. Successful organizations must have the electronic tools to create, store, and share information, both internally and externally. E-mail greatly increases employee efficiency and productivity by allowing users to communicate with large numbers of people in a time-efficient manner.

 

Today, more than ever, technology is crucial for a company to survive and function.  Technology should not be undermined as it should be considered the foundation for any company’s success.  In addition, network infrastructure is important to take into consideration. Its maintenance return of investment will equal to increased business productivity.

 

Via Primary Support IT Solutions

Network Infrastructure: Incorporating Cloud-Based Recovery into Business-Continuity Plans

29 April 2013 | Comments Off

network infrastructureAs IT environments continue to grow and become more complex, companies are often stumped with its understanding.  As IT-dependent processes become more critical to a company’s function, loosing data or time is becoming unacceptable. Traditional network infrastructure disaster recoverytime—typically 24 to 72 hours from a most-recent tape backup—are inadequate for most important enterprise applications.

With IT maintenance being important part of the structure of a company, many organizations are now face significant IT budget limitations and struggle to support these growing requirements.  However there is good news, a new and robust disaster-recovery-as-a-service (DRaaS) or cloud DR model has come out that promises to deliver enterprise-class continuity, cost efficiency and flexibility. This comes in time as both accessibility and cost has forced many organizations to take their disaster recovery (DR) solution in house.

Key Aspects to Look For in a DRaaS Solution:

Location—Where is the cloud core located? Some vendors won’t reveal this, or they locate it in a country with inadequate data-privacy protections.

Financial stability—How stable is the DRaaS vendor? You are giving it your data—your prized jewels. A variety of storage service providers have gone bankrupt. You want to have a vendor in whose future you feel confident.

Experience—How much experience does the DRaaS vendor have in business continuity and disaster recovery? Some vendors have jumped into DRaaS because it is a hot area, but have little experience in continuity.

Security—What security provisions does the DRaaS solution include? Does the solution have robust physical and information security protections and monitoring? Is data isolated and encrypted?

Ability to handle large-scale disasters—Is the DRaaS vendor able to handle widespread disasters (such as hurricanes, nuclear accidents, etc.) in which many customers may simultaneously declare disasters? Does the vendor have a history of dealing with such large-scale events?

Scalability—Is the DRaaS solution able to scale to handle large numbers of servers and large amounts of storage? The vast majority of DRaaS solutions today are SMB solutions with only aspirations of meeting enterprise requirements.

As technology continues to be a backbone for all companies, it is important to take disaster plans into high consideration.  Companies must review their recovery times in order to have a speedy process with minimal loss.

 

 

Via Data Center Journal