Network security is critical for the proper functioning of organization and timely delivery of services. A breach of an organizations network may have manifold implications. Such a breach can lead to the unauthorized access to privileged databases, and adversely affect the integrity and confidentiality of information. Breach of network security has operational, business and financial implications. According to a recent study by Redscan, websites are likely to face stealth attacks in the near future. Attackers are making use of sophisticated techniques to install malware, which remains undetected on the affected computer systems.
Network security threats from hackers may be either active, passive and attacks may be initiated by both external and internal agents. Security professionals such as ethical hackers can help in identifying the weaknesses in the IT network and associated devices through vulnerability assessment tests, remote attacks and other security evaluation tools. Improper configuration, use of outdated devices and lack of regular software upgrades make networks vulnerable to security breaches and hacking attacks.
Hackers always explore opportunities to exploit weaknesses in IT security apparatus to initiate denial of service attacks, install malicious software, and gain unauthorized access to networks and systems. Security administrators can strengthen network security by ensuring adherence to security procedures, installation of latest defense mechanisms, trust management, regular application of security patches and by creating awareness among the users. Security professionals may update their skills through iPod training and by being aware of the latest developments in the domain of network security.
While organizations may hold training programs for their employees, security professionals on their part may self-pace their training requirements by benefitting from innovative offerings from institutions offering courses in security certification courses.
Such self-improvement initiatives would help security professionals in initiating timely measures to secure networks from internal or external threats.
Network security is critical for the undisrupted flow of business operations. Therefore, organizations must place the required emphasis to strengthen the network security infrastructure.