Security and the infrastructure: Take the time to review your network

Whether your network is within your walls or someone else’s, take the time to review your security configurations

We all know that security is the hot topic in IT for 2014. Symantec’s Internet Security Threat Report shows a 62 percent increase in the number of data breaches in 2013 from 2012. Earlier this year Cisco released its quarterly survey, in which respondents were asked what they feared from the new security threats. Over 80 percent answered that they (IT) actually felt secure with the technology that they had in place. Unfortunately, that answer is contrary to what is really happening. Feeling secure is no substitute for staying alert. The IT department still needs to make sure that it is doing everything in its power to keep its infrastructure protected. If the antivirus isn’t working properly, one can’t fault the end user for getting a virus.

Going by the premise that it is better to be proactive than reactive, you can start by taking stock of your infrastructure and looking into what your issues are. Although many organizations may experience a sense of security with their fairly new infrastructure in place, others might still find themselves not properly configured to utilize their new technology to the fullest. One must keep in mind that even the latest security products cannot keep up with today’s threats. There is no magic black box to keep everyone safe.

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Mark Brophy

Mark Brophy serves the director of IT Security and Risk Management Services at Keno Kozie Associates. Mark brings extensive knowledge on information technology networks and...

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