What is Network Security?

Network security is a combination of policies and configurations of software and hardware systems designed to protect your network from undesired attack.

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What is Network Security?
Why is Network Security important?

Why is Network Security important?

As the business networks evolve, their complexity increases. As a result, IoT devices enter the network and security becomes highly important for businesses of all sizes.

The lack of a reliable network security system can compromise your business because you may not be aware of an issue until the damage has been done. Security attacks can hurt your brand, cause data loss, and damage your business in general. In addition, many companies suffer from numerous network security problems without ever actually realizing it.

Being able to rely on a good network security system reduces the risk of data loss, theft and attacks.

How does Network Security work?

Network security combines multiple layers of defenses throughout the network. Each network security layer implements a different combination of policies, processes and controls. Above all, network security must be connected and configured through adequate technology.

What are the advantages of a good Network Security System?

In today’s world, data security is a central concern of any organization. Network security management is mainly focused on identifying key areas of risk and mitigating that risk to the highest level.

Here are some of the main benefits of adopting a comprehensive network security system:

  • Become Risk-InformedThe creation of good security policies takes a central role in your network security strategy. Being able to rely on a solid security system enables organizations to become more resilient to risks and have a cybersecurity forward posture. What is important, and what companies need most, is being informed of the potential risks to prevent them before they become real issues for the organization.
  • Mitigate RiskThe right network security solution will help your business minimize the financial impact of a breach if it does occur. While a good network security strategy alone will not completely eliminate risk, it will help reduce the chances of an attack.
  • Build TrustAssuring a good security level for your business boosts client and consumer confidence. In fact, compromised security can harm your brand and reputation.
  • Create a Security CultureA competent network security solution can help you analyze your security level and behavior to gain knowledge and create a security culture. However, not every organization will have the resources to implement an adequate security program. Instead, some businesses can gain access to the same tools through a network monitoring system.
What are the advantages of a good Network Security System?

How a good Network Monitoring System can help you keep your network secure?

Cloud Network Monitoring Solutions are becoming a standard for many software companies. After that, as they allow faster, better scalability and centralized software updates. Firstly, a cloud-based solution can be accessed securely from anywhere. Secondly, users of the cloud solution can typically be added and removed easily, giving greater flexibility to the solution administrator. Finally and perhaps even more importantly, cloud solutions are designed to work on many different platforms. They are usually browser-based providing businesses with more flexibility when selecting hardware and operating systems.

In addition, many organizations already have several enterprise solutions in the cloud. Services such as email and voicemail, CRM tools, human resources and accountability systems, or even data storage are already implemented in the cloud. A very similar trend has been reported on the adoption of Network Remote Monitoring and Management solutions on the cloud. This is due to the inherent benefits of a cloud-based network monitoring remote monitoring and management solution.

Some of the major benefits of using a network monitoring system are:

  • A cloud-based network monitoring solution requires connectivity between the client and the cloud. In other words, standard protocols and robust security must be implemented to ensure connectivity. These protocols and security measures must remain up-to-date to keep the integrity of the cloud in place. It is up to the manufacturer and the cloud hosting service to ensure that proper maintenance is always in place. A cloud service user relies on the vendor or the manufacturer to keep the cloud-based solution updated with the latest software and security measures. This is a major benefit to using a cloud service.
  • Cloud-hosted services have built-in redundancy which ensures that data stored and the configuration of these services are backed up on a continuous basis. This should give peace of mind to customers that maintenance is current and downtime is minimized.
  • A network monitoring solution will leverage standard browser technology or a web application that allows a user to connect to the service from anywhere. The use of standard web browsers makes it easier for the manufacturer to develop and maintain infrastructure changes to the cloud.

To sum up, the better network security is, the lower the level of risk for attacks, infections, and breaches. However, often reaching a good level of security can be a challenge for the companies, to achieve on their own, even for big organizations.

A good network monitoring software brings you full knowledge of your connected systems. These tools can help you improve your network security by automatically scanning networks for security vulnerabilities. Above all, such systems enable IT departments and Managed Service Providers (MSPs) to rely on good network security tools and keep their businesses secure.

What are the key elements of a good Network Security System?

01. Automatically Discover and Identify Devices

A good network security system should rely on network monitoring software that automatically scans your network to discover and identify the devices that are on that network. Such a network automatically detects information such as MAC Address, IP Address, manufacturer, make, model, type, location, zone, and software version. Keep control of your assets to protect your network and increase your network security.

02. Network Security Scans and Monitoring

A network monitoring system automatically scans networks for security vulnerabilities, detects intruders and identifies network security threats. The software periodically runs a security assessment of your networks. As a result, the system notifies you if any new potential threat is found. Above all, users receive real-time alerts when a new device joins the network. You will be informed in case of any potential threat so you can decide whether to acknowledge that threat.

03. Network Monitoring Alerts

When it comes to network security it’s essential for the users to receive a notification when a new device joins the network and be alerted if any new potential threat is found. With Network Monitoring and Alerts functionality you can receive notifications for events like connection lost/recovered, new device discovery alerts, security issues alerts, and alert settings for network performance trigger thresholds. A good network monitoring software should monitor all network-connected devices on any network. Most importantly, such a system should report to the cloud any device status changes in real time.

04. Two-Factor Authentication

Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) is an access methodology that requires two separate forms of identification in order to grant access. In other words, the 2FA authentication requires that the user requesting access provides two or more pieces of information to an authentication service before successfully logging in. This added level of security makes it much harder for unauthorized users to gain access to your systems. Enabling 2FA for your team means that login to your user portal won’t be possible with just the username and password. It will also require a passcode that can only be obtained from a 3rd party authenticator app that would be installed on the user’s smartphone.

05. SSO/SAML Authentication

Like Two-Factor Authentication, Single-Sign On services and Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML), can be used to ensure the identity of users accessing your networked systems. A good network security system will leverage SSO/SAML services so that users can have a single Login and Passcode while maintaining tight controls on verification and validation of the users. This further minimizes the ability for unauthorized users to gain access to the network systems you manage.

How a good Network Monitoring System can help you keep your network secure?

The Challenge with an On-Premise Network Monitoring System?

Network monitoring systems are on-Premise Solutions that have been the standard way to manage networked systems for many years. An on-premise solution generally consists of a server running management software, often accessed by multiple users. These servers are typically “keyed” to allow a limited number of users access to the management tool. In many cases, where users need remote access to the server, a Virtual Private Network (VPN) is created to allow secure access. The use of VPNs is a common practice. However, VPNs have to be maintained regularly to ensure security and integrity.

Any on-premise software solution should work as expected the day it is installed. The issue is that as the software and server that this solution is running on ages, vulnerabilities start to be exposed. Older versions of the operating system, lack of maintenance updates to applications and potential changes to the network all create potential holes in the system.

On-premise solutions require a dedicated manager to ensure that these vulnerabilities are dealt with appropriately. It’s important to recognize that the security of the system is only as good as the efforts put into managing it.

The Challenge with an On-Premise Network Monitoring System?

How does Domotz network monitoring software keep your business secure?

How does Domotz network monitoring software keep your business secure?

Domotz network monitoring software is a cloud-based service that provides businesses with proactive remote monitoring and management tools for their on-premise location.

Domotz has three components that have unique security features:

  • A Domotz Pro Agent which resides on the Local Area Network
  • A Domotz Pro Cloud, which is hosted by Amazon Web Services
  • A Domotz Pro application, which can be web-based or installed on a mobile or desktop client

The communications between these components always pass through the Domotz Pro Cloud. Any communications that occur between these components are encrypted and unique to the component. It is an important part of the Domotz Pro design, that each component has a unique, secure channel.

For example, as a cloud-based service, Domotz Pro does not require inbound ports to be opened. Opening a static port on a firewall to inbound traffic poses a security risk and creates an attack surface opportunity. Instead, anytime Domotz Pro needs to communicate with the cloud, a request comes from the locally installed Domotz Pro Agent and is sent outbound to the Domotz Pro cloud. Any transaction that occurs between the Domotz Pro Agent and the Domotz Pro cloud is fully encrypted and secure. Data is always encrypted with the latest technology available.

Additional security benefits:

Domotz Pro offers additional security benefits at the individual user level. Often the weakest part of any online transaction is due to simple passwords. Domotz Pro leverages strength measurements to help ensure that individual account passwords are secure. Two-factor authentication can also be enabled and is recommended for all Domotz Pro accounts. By leveraging strong passwords and 2FA authentication, your client’s systems are further protected.

If you are the Domotz Pro service account admin, or Team Master, you have the ability to limit your employees’ access to your clients. If you have special clients, where you want to limit exposure to a small number of employees, you can do this by taking advantage of the team hierarchy within the Domotz Pro application.

Given that Domotz Pro has been built with solid principles around the security of our cloud service, we are proud to share those principles, and how they are applied on our infrastructure. Learn more information on Domotz System Security Standards.

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