Cyber Scotland week aims to raise awareness of how to stay secure while online and stop your data from falling into the wrong hands. Network security exists to protect the integrity of the network and the data it holds. No matter what size of business, it is important you have the correct hardware and software technologies in place to secure your network.

In this article, we touch on three security solutions which can help keep your business and data safe.

Firewalls

A firewall is a network security device that checks incoming and outgoing network traffic, and decides whether to allow or block specific connections based on a set of rules. This stops unwanted intruders from accessing your network and the devices on it.

Firewalls are now going beyond the regular inspection of data coming and going from the network, with next-generation firewalls (NGFW) capable of Integrated intrusion prevention, application awareness and improved control in blocking unsecure applications.

Virtual Private Network (VPN)

With most people still working from home, Virtual Private Network’s (VPNs) have become essential in connecting you to your workplace from any location with an internet connection. It is through this VPN connection that you gain access to the internal company network and resources.

When you sign into the VPN client and connect to a VPN server, your connection requests become encrypted and cannot be seen by outside sources. It is the encryption process that secures your data within a VPN client-VPN server tunnel to make sure no one can exploit it.

Wireless security

Wireless security is essential to prevent unauthorised users from accessing not only your wireless network, but also the data you have stored on servers. While wireless connections have become extremely useful in and around the office, they also provide a point of entry for intruders. Wireless networks can be even more susceptible to hacking than wired networks because the signals of most wireless networks extend beyond the walls of the office.

We can help recommend the best encryption methods and solutions to keep your wireless network secure.

Do not get caught out and be the victim of a cyber-attack on your network. Act today and protect your business.

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