Tackling Network Security Threats
What are the different ways of securing a network?
Network security threats are feared by all computer users. These threats are increasing by the day and so is the need for protection from such threats. Viruses and Trojan horses have been known as the most popluar network threats for a long time now. The threats that have emerged lately like reconnaissance attacks, vandals, data interception and social engineering demand better protection or else, they will affect our system. The attacks carried out by viruses and Trojan horses differ widely. While the former cause corruption of software programs and files, the latter affect hardware devices, major software programs, and even the Operating System of a PC. Hacking and identity theft are the most serious of network security threats as their perpetrators can manage to access the personal information of a PC user like bank account details or they can carry out fake transactions that can result in huge losses. All this stresses the need for protection against network security threats.
Different ways to secure a network:
- Using antivirus software
- Securing network infrastructure
- Employing Encryption, Identity services and Virtual private networks
Using antivirus software
An antivirus software that belongs to a reputed brand offers protection from network threats to a great extent. The security software would consist of virus scanner, firewall and other optimizing tools that will strenghten the defense of a system against online and offline threats. These software packages are available for free and they also come in paid versions that can be easily downloaded from the official website. PC users are advised that they regularly update and maintain their antivirus software in order to get the best results.
Securing network infrastructure
Switches, routers and hubs consist of better hardware and software features that strenghten the security of a system against network security threats. If you install your network properly by including dedicated security hardware devices and software tools that support perimeter security, intrusion protection and identity services, the security management properties of your system will be enhanced.
Data encryption makes data accessible only to some authorized few. The enabling of identity services helps in the identification and control of users, their activities and the transactions done by them on a network. All these are done by implementing passwords, digital certificates, and digital authentication keys. Virtual private networks allow remote workers to connect to a network without the fear that a hacker or a thief would intercept the data after they have provided access control and gone for data encryption between two different computers in a network.
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