The world of business is ever-changing, new companies come up, companies merge, new markets come and new security threats appear challenging the integrity of whatever security solutions had been in place. In a market where security is highly regulated, getting a head start on future security challenges should be the goal of any business network security administrator or consultant. In order to ensure to that you are always ahead of any future threats, there are a number of things that should already be place way before the threat even shows its ugly head.
One is that your hardware and software should be both scalable and extensible. What does this mean? Scalability means that ease of adding locations or users without hitting the ceiling. Extensibility means that any adjustments and additional features can be made as the security needs dictate.
In order for a system to be both scalable and flexible, it is essential that it should be kept up-to-date and this while protecting the original hardware and software investments. Any business network security solution that is adopted should also be offered by a vendor who continually develops tests and improve the product. Vendors who specialize in large enterprises usually have no problem giving ongoing support to their products. In addition, they will usually have tested these solutions extensively. Moreover, they will usually have developed products for small, medium-sized and large enterprises, each designed to meet their clients security needs.
As mentioned in the beginning, business network security is dynamic and your security needs will no doubt change over time. Selecting a security partner that is aware of this and one that will provide this ongoing assistance is crucial. This is one who will help you identify security challenges before they are mainstream. They know how to properly install and monitor solutions and will recommend the best solutions to solve a particular need. Such a partner is also one who will resolve security problems quickly. The last thing you want is to lose customers or delay transactions due to slow security efforts.
Generally, a business network security will have a Firewall, an integrated internet browsing and e-mail monitoring service and data security software where necessary. Having these three will ensure that only qualified traffic is allowed onto the network, no visited sites contain viruses or malware and that customer information is used appropriately. With this foundation in place, any business network security solution can be deployed successfully.