Did you know that small and medium-size businesses are particularly vulnerable to network security breaches? Your Farmington, Connecticut, business likely falls into one of these categories, but even if your company or organization is large, having a network security policy in place is necessary if you use an electronic information system for records, customer account information, or data or offer credit card transactions. Industry best practices, such as FFIEC and Sarbanes-Oxley for finance and HIPAA for health care, require a company or organization to develop and implement a network security policy, and conducting regular IT audits, or assessments, for weak points or industry compliance needs to be included.
All activities done to protect data on the system for your Farmington business fall under network security: usability, reliability, integrity, and safety. A network security policy, additionally, allows customers to feel safe in giving your business their information, including credit card or account numbers, personal data, or medical records. An ineffective network security policy or a lack of assessment, however, increases the likelihood of security breaches and exploitation of customer data. This not only causes you to lose business but lawsuits, a disabled system, identity theft, file corruption, fraud, or data or money losses can result.
Hackers and online criminals, on the other hand, regularly change their tactics for bypassing or breaking through a firewall. The electronic information system for your Farmington business needs to be up to date to protect data, and while outside threats are many, typical ones that could attack your system include:
- Viruses and worms
- Trojan horses
- Packet sniffers
- Malicious websites
- Zombie computers
An IT assessment identifies points where these threats could enter and corrupt your network. With a combination of ethical hacking and social engineering strategies, an IT audit addresses all potential ways an outside threat could obtain access to your network: physical, technical, and personal. Even with reliable firewalls and no history of network security breaches, your data is still vulnerable to intruders gaining access to your facilities and contacting your employees, unaware of current security threats, for passwords or other information.
To address all of these aspects, a network security assessment by Robrige includes penetration testing, personal interviews, vulnerability scans, examining operating system settings, and researching historical system data, such as past security breaches. A report closes the audit, and through a summary, findings, and supporting data, the report provides a list of all network vulnerabilities and solutions for repairing them.