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Information Technology: Security

KnowledgeGuard Network Security Many organizations think of network security in terms of virus protection, and firewalls to prevent unauthorized access to their network from outside sources. Although this is true, there is more to network security than just these two threats. KnowledgeGuard can help you better understand security threats to your network. We've provided a brief overview of a few network threats below.

Virus protection
Virus protection is normally one of the first concerns of our customers. The key to protecting your network from viruses is to:

  • Maintain anti-virus software on all network computers and servers
  • Ensure that your virus definitions are up-to-date
  • Train all employees in virus prevention

Data Encryption
The translation of data into a secret code. Encryption is the most effective way to achieve data security. To read an encrypted file, you must have access to a secret key or password that enables you to decrypt it. Unencrypted data is called plain text ; encrypted data is referred to as cipher text.

A network firewall provides a barrier between networks that can prevent or deny unwanted or unauthorized traffic. The most common misconception about firewalls is that they guarantee security for your network. A firewall cannot and does not guarantee that your network is 100% secure. To achieve greater protection, a firewall should be used in conjunction with other security measures. A high percentage of security incidents today come from inside the trusted network.

Spyware and other hidden threats
The hidden threats to your network may not be so easy to identify. These threats come from inside your network. These threats include; network security policies improperly configured, wireless sub-nets improperly installed, floppy discs brought from outside the workplace, and spyware.

Another hidden threat that is often overlooked is loss of productivity due to unrestricted use of network resources. Many employees feel free to surf the web at will during their normal workday. This can be easily controlled however, via a content filtering service.

SonicWALL Partner
SonicWALL Internet firewall/VPN security appliances support an array of security applications and deliver powerful firewall and VPN performance. SonicWALL appliances are built on stateful inspection firewall technology, and a dedicated security processor designed to ensure maximum performance for VPN-enabled applications. With integrated support for firewall, VPN, intrusion prevention, anti-virus, content filtering, and an award-winning Global Management System (GMS), IT administrators can trust SonicWALL to protect their network while securely and reliably connecting their branch offices and remote employees.

Additionally, SonicWALL's SSL offloaders integrate seamlessly into a content rich environment and provide robust security while optimizing web application performance.

KSC can not only help match your needs to the appropriate security device, but provide you with peace of mind.

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