Our world has gone digital—and those few remaining companies still relying on manual methods are increasingly going the way of the dinosaurs. But with the digital shift come new concerns, like ensuring that data, networks and computers are secure against the ever-growing threat of cybercrime.
The cybercrime problem is real. In 2016, one billion accounts (and more than half of global companies) were victims of cyberattacks. Today, companies are increasingly expecting such attacks to come from people on the inside—whether by accident or malicious intent—and hackers are finding new ways to attack systems and access data. In an age when cybersecurity is not only trending but absolutely necessary, establishing a secure network will help lay the foundation for a more secure infrastructure.
So what can savvy companies do to set themselves up for success? Consider this your quick guide to getting started with network security.
What is network security?
The SANS institute defines network security as “the process of taking physical and software preventative measures to protect the underlying networking infrastructure from unauthorized access, misuse, malfunction, modification, destruction, or improper disclosure, thereby creating a secure platform for computers, users and programs to perform their permitted critical functions within a secure environment.” In a nutshell, network security protects unauthorized people and traffic from accessing your network. When access is limited, hacking is nearly impossible.
A cloud-based solution
The cloud landscape is growing as more businesses turn to cloud computing to manage remote network access and user controls. And with more than half of companies already conducting computing activities in the cloud, the next few years will see tremendous growth. This will put cloud computing on track to increasingly replace traditional data centers and in-house enterprise models. Against this backdrop, Microsoft Office 365 is quickly becoming the new leader in network security.
Microsoft 0365 provides critical perimeter and internal network security functions that decrease penetrability. It’s already begun edging out other trusted solutions like Google. With features like activity logging, archiving and auditing, and data encryption, information management policies and network segmentation (which grants specific users specific levels of access) companies can rest assured that their infrastructure is set up for security success.
Simple steps to securing your network with 0365
Ready to amplify your own cybersecurity plan and network infrastructure to make your company virtually “un-hackable”? Follow these simple steps to set yourself up for success.
Assess your industry risk
Hackers are aggressively targeting professional service industries and law firms. With a wealth of sensitive information, these industries have a lot to lose if an attacker gets hold of their data—so will pay nearly any ransom demand. Don’t get caught unprotected. 0365 network security meets and establishes compliance for even the most regulated industries.
Speak to an external advisor
As companies and computing move to the cloud, business owners are seeking to outsource security management. If you already have 0365, you’re a step ahead in the game. Talk to a knowledgeable advisor who can walk you through the steps you’ll need to get your existing 0365 business-as-usual tools connected with data security services.
Choose a provider
Choosing a provider is one of the most important steps you’ll take in arming your network against malicious intrusion. Look for a provider with a track record of client satisfaction and cybersecurity success. Network security and cybersecurity are two different sides of the same coin and go hand-in-hand with a successful data security infrastructure.
Still not sure where to begin? Contact our cybersecurity team today. With a diverse background in IT, cybersecurity and technology, and a wizardly ability to wield Microsoft 0365 for your network protection, we’ll walk you through everything you need to know.
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