What is Network Security?
Network security is any practice designed to proactively secure the integrity of networks and data.
This involves the implementation of hardware, software, and business-wide practices to protect networks and network infrastructures and stop unauthorised access, disruptions, and cyber threats.
Network vulnerabilities exist at all levels, whether that’s in applications, data paths, or users. To effectively counter these vulnerabilities, BCN Group offers multi-layered network security solutions, implementing defenses at all levels of your network. Each layer has specific controls to protect networks from cyberattacks, unauthorised access, and data loss.
To effectively defend against cyber-attacks, a business approach to network security solutions should integrate with existing cyber security services as well as being automated to ensure confident management. BCN can provide this cyber network security approach.
Types of Network Security
Our network security services span Firewalls, Managed Patching, VPN’s, SD-WAN, and Secure Web Gateway. In addition to network Pen Testing, and end-user training, ensuring each layer of your network is protected and effectively managed.
Firewalls monitor your incoming and outgoing traffic and decide whether to allow or deny it based on a set of specified security rules, boosting privacy, and preventing attacks.
Firewalls have traditionally been the first line of defence for networks security management teams and are seen as critical applications as the use of the internet has increased substantially over time.
Anti-virus software works by scanning your device to detect, eradicate and prevent viruses and other malware. Without anti-virus software, viruses, spyware, and other forms of malware can be installed covertly, and can do anything from crash, monitor, or take control of your device.
Anti-virus software provides protection against these types of threats by performing some key tasks:
Identifying specific files for the software to detect malware – Scheduling automatic scans – Scanning single files or your entire computer – Eradicating viruses and malware – Confirming the safety of your computer and other devices
Ransomware, as the name suggests, is a form of extortion that locks and encrypts a victim’s device or data, and then demands a ransom from the user to restore access. Common sources of ransomware include malicious attachments in emails, malicious advertising, and the more targeted methods of spear phishing.
Effective anti-ransomware software will proactively scan your device to help identify malicious intruders in your system. Ensuring your computer is up to date with the latest security patches is another key action in preventing ransomware attacks.
Virtual Private Network’s
With concerns over internet privacy becoming hot topic in recent years, Virtual Private Networks (VPN’s) offer an easy and effective solution to improve network security, by ensuring secure connections between devices and networks.
VPN’s work by creating a secure tunnel between an endpoint (device) and a network. The VPN encrypts your personal data traffic and sends it to the VPN via a secure connection. VPNs secure your network against attacks which require your IP (Internet Protocol) address, such as remote hacking attacks and man-in-the-middle attacks.
BCN Group strongly recommend all end-user VPNs are protected with MFA.
A Software-Defined Wide Area Network is a virtual network that enables access to cloud applications in multi-cloud software-as-a-service (SaaS) and infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) environments. Businesses that don’t implement a SD-WAN will see increased overhead and hardware costs whilst seeing a drop in network performance.
Secure Web Gateway
A Secure Web Gateway is a cyber security solution that protects a network user against web-based threats. Secure Web Gateways work by identifying and filtering unwanted software and malware from internet traffic which align to the organisations implemented regulatory policy.
Secure Web Gateways are an imperative cyber security service for businesses today. As hybrid working becomes the norm for many businesses, a Secure Web Gateway ensures that user endpoint devices are protected wherever they are located.
BCN Group’s Network Security Approach
BCN is passionate about keeping your business safe and secure. By providing a range of network security services, we offer industry-leading support to protect your business. Our network security approach includes:
Network Security Assessments and Audits
BCN’s Cyber Security Consultants will review your current infrastructure, identifying any areas of network vulnerability. We provide practical advice on how vulnerabilities in your network security can be strengthened and provide recommendations on how you can improve your overall network security.
Network Security Monitoring
BCN will proactively monitor your network and scan for any vulnerabilities. Our findings will allow us to provide patching and ensure both your physical and virtual defences are operating with the latest version of software.
We also conduct regular network security testing ensuring your defences are reliable and resilient.
Network Security Protections
BCN will provide physical and virtual security services that best protect your IT infrastructure. As an accredited partner, with Cisco, Fortinet, SonicWall and other industry-defining technologies, your security is in very safe hands.
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How is network security set up & installed?
As a Managed Service Provider, BCN’s network security solutions are set up according to our Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), a definitive guide that enables our team to securely install products and services at the highest industry level.
Our network security consultants will ensure your computer networks and cyber security services are installed and managed efficiently and effectively, without impacting network performance.
How is network security managed?
How we manage your network security is up to you.
Some customers want end-to-end management, giving peace of mind that their network security solutions are fully managed by our expert team. Alternatively, customers may want a more hands-on approach to their network security, where we will take a step back in terms of management but will always be on hand for support when needed.
BCN Group will adapt to the needs of our customers and their businesses, and of course, offer our advice on best practices where we see fit.
The difference between Network Security and Endpoint Security
A misconception is that network and endpoint security are similar types of cyber security solutions. In truth, network security compliments endpoint security. Here’s a straightforward way of understanding the difference:
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Why choose BCN?
BCN’s three-step approach ensures that our customers are provided with the best possible solutions, ensuring optimal outcomes are consistently delivered. This is why we have a world-class customer retention rate and industry-leading net promoter score.
Our industry-accredited experts will provide your business with a cyber security risk assessment, offering leading insights into the best available services for your business.
If you want holistic network security services, BCN Group has a suite of solutions for you.