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Assessing risks is first step in protecting business network

Posted on Thursday, January 18, 2018 in Broadband Internet , Managed Firewall , Managed Router , Remote Network Monitoring , Managed DDoS Protection

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Cybersecurity Assessment

Big-name victims get most of the headlines, but small and midsized businesses constantly fight cyber threats, too.

The number of documented data breaches in the United States hit a record high of 1,579 in 2017, according to a report by the Identity Theft Resource Center. That’s more than four a day.

To make matters worse, known data breaches targeting businesses, organizations and agencies are only part of the challenge. Sometimes attackers aren’t out to steal information; they want to disrupt electronic communication by flooding a company’s website pipeline with malicious little blips.

Attackers’ objectives vary, weapons change, activity fluctuates in intensity and battle fronts move, but businesses can never let down their guard.

Although security doesn’t always appear to be a major concern, big companies typically have the resources to protect themselves. Small and midsized businesses often require outside help.

Most businesses have come to know that valuable data needs to be backed up to reduce the possibility of permanent loss. They also know – or should know – that virus protection and software updates must be kept current to reduce the chances of network vulnerabilities being exploited.

Firewalls also are a good starting point for protection. However, protecting a network from today’s evolving and expanding range of cyberattacks might require a deeper, layered approach.

Factors such as how much risk a business is willing to shoulder also comes into play when companies are determining their protection needs.

Obviously if a business depends heavily on the internet to communicate with customers and to conduct business, protecting its network work must be a high priority.

Cybersecurity plans often begin with good firewalls, which allow specified types of electronic traffic to pass through. Firewalls have their limits, however. For example, they are not designed to block Distributed Denial of Service attacks. So-called DDoS attacks overwhelm targeted websites and computing systems with electronic traffic sent from multiple, infected sites to stop or disrupt a service.

With the right protection, DDoS attacks can be prevented. SDN offers a managed service to its broadband clients that filters out DDoS traffic.

In addition to Managed Firewall and Managed DDoS Protection, SDN offers Managed Router Service, which offers WAN design assistance, configuration management and 24-hour monitoring, in addition to support and trouble shooting of your router equipment.

With a managed service, SDN provides the equipment and maintenance expertise for a monthly fee. The cost depends on the level of service the customer wants. The service saves the client the upfront cost of equipment and gives the client access to SDN’s staff’s experience and expertise.

Remote Network Monitoring is another managed service that is available from SDN to help businesses protect their networks. SDN’s Network Surveillance Center was started more than 10 years ago to remotely monitor clients’ networks 24 hours a day, every day of the year. Customers recieve individualized reports and alerts.

Monitoring traffic into and out of a network can be a good indicator of potential problems.

Small businesses also might need a secure, off-site location to host a backup server or other telecommunications equipment. SDN can provide that, too.

But, again, the first step a company should take in implementing or updating its cybersecurity plan is to assess risks. SDN can help with that, too.

Just reach out for more information using their Contact form