What Can Companies Do To Prevent Privacy Violations?

Thomas Fox is president of Tech Experts, southeast Michigan’s leading small business computer support company.

Whether it’s physical, virtual, or in the cloud, discovering and blocking sophisticated threats in the network is at the forefront of every company’s mind.

However, businesses are finding that more and more data violations are taking place when network security centers on the edge of the network are not giving equal protection to the network itself.

Security at the perimeter of the network has received most of the attention from data protection companies.

What many internet service providers and businesses have neglected is protecting what lies within the network. What can your company do to solidify your network and protect you from hackers on the inside?

5 Ways to Prevent Privacy Violations

Prevent Data Theft with Patches
If a company’s IT department is inattentive when it comes to the application of patches, security vulnerabilities and other bugs can easily creep into a network. A patch is simply a set of changes to a computer program and its data that are created to update or fix a liability or get rid of a virus threat.

Rapidly growing networks today are comprised of a wide range of networks, including the IoT and the cloud. Keeping track of the equipment inventory and the maintenance of this vast network can be a daily trial. For a company to protect its technology, applying patches is no longer an option but a necessity.

Protecting a Network with NIDS
With cloud computing as a way of life, cloud computing security is a mandatory requirement. Network-based Intrusion Detection System (NIDS) is one of the solutions for enhancing the security aspect of cloud computing services.

NIDS discovers and monitors attacks within the network. NIDS is a signature-based technique with an identification data packet throughout the network.

Using Behavior-Based Analysis
Zero-day attacks to a network occur within a time frame, known as the vulnerability window. They are vulnerabilities that have not yet patched the software containing the weakness.

Hackers can engineer malware that exploits compromised systems and steals valuable data. New high-level attacks are operating various techniques to evade protective measures and attack the network connections without even being noticed.

Installing Web Application Firewalls
Although many attacks are caused by phishing emails or known, unpatched vulnerabilities, web-based attacks are becoming more the norm. Software that probes and calculates information directly in the data center is commonly targeted.

A web application firewall (WAF) is a filter that is designed to go before you and sift through incoming traffic detecting potential threats and malicious activity. It is one of the most common means of protecting against attacks at the application layer.

Incorporating Network Segmentation
The modern network needs to be able to handle access through varying devices and an assortment of application and data flows. Businesses can markedly improve their network safety by installing Internal Segmentation Firewalls (ISFW).

Network segmentation works by splitting a computer network into subnetworks. If the defense perimeter is breached, an access point penetrated, or if there is an attack from inside the network, ISFW prevents the spread of such threats.