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Developing a Security Plan for Your Network

Posted In Security, Technology Reviews, WAN & Network - By Techtiplib on Wednesday, April 16th, 2014 With No Comments »

Many new technologies have made it easier to communicate with each other, do business and innovate. But with advancements in technology comes the emergence of new threats. For businesses, these threats may become a bigger issue because of unsecure networks. All it takes to obtain sensitive information about clients, products and/or services is for an experienced hacker to gain access to your network. To protect against these enterprising criminals, you need to develop a network security plan that will sufficiently keep malicious intruders at bay. 

Network Security

Network security refers to activity designed to protect your network.

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Network security refers to activity designed to protect your network. It’s a fairly straightforward definition, but it encompasses a whole range of systems and processes. These should be able to preserve the integrity, safety, usability and reliability of your data and network. Your network security should also be able to defend against hackers, viruses, identity theft, DoS (denial of service) attacks and spyware. It should also be a system that has a number of layers of protection such that if one activity fails to keep out intruders, another will take its place.

Steps to Develop a Security Plan

Not all network security plans are equal. What may work for one company may not be effective for your own. In order to properly address this need, here are three steps that can aid you in designing a sufficient security system:

1. Assess Information Security Risks

A solid security plan starts with risk assessment. This should be based on industry standards and benchmarked against existing systems. Information risk assessment should identify, measure and prioritise risks based on multiple factors. These factors may include impact, affected assets, probability and alike.  Once these risks have been identified, then strategies to protect against them may be developed.

2. Translating Goals into Actionable Activities

This next step involves taking input, such as operational goals and translating these into specific activities. This is where creating a security plan takes place. From the risks assessed and the strategies recommended or proposed, a specific plan of action can be developed. This would involve outlining projects that would be able to answer issues about security, sourcing requirements for each activity and creating timelines.

3. Appropriating Budget

Of course, all this will require money. It’s vital that your network security plan is not only efficient but also affordable. You wouldn’t want to pour all your company’s resources into building a security system and risk denying other departments their funding. Outsourcing the development and implementation of this security system is a good idea if your company’s IT department is too small to handle such a task or too inexperienced in this field.

These three steps are only an overview of what it would take to create and implement a security plan. Under each step are a number of necessary events that would make up the entirety of your network’s security. You can also opt to hire services of those with knowledge of infrastructure security to aid you in creating a plan unique to your business. 

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