Step three in the IT security lifecycle is monitoring and management of the network. Monitoring your network is critical to preventing your company from becoming a victim of cyber-attacks by preventing outsiders from gaining access to your data through pro-active management.
There are many tools that will monitor when unauthorized users attempt to get into a network and will then evaluate whether it is a threat and deal with the attempt accordingly. When hackers attempt to access a network they trigger a series of warnings that you canl investigate to ensure that unwanted people stay out. You can also monitor businesses to ensure employees stay out of places they have no need to be in, thus protecting and managing businesses from outside intruders, as well as from employees who might try to take their knowledge of how things work for a company and use that their personal advantage.
Monitoring a network is important, but unless a company has the resources to actually manage the network, then it is of little value. Knowing when there are failed attempts to access your network, or if there have been failed attempts for people to access a network they should not be in, is critical to evaluating whether these actions pose a real threat to a network and a business, or if these are honest mistakes. A pattern of network use will also be logged to keep companies and networks safe from outside interests.
You should also evaluate existing security and recommend ways to make it less vulnerable. Work with your company’s IT department to make certain that improved network security can be managed internally as much as possible. Areas you should look at include:
- The vulnerability of applications
- How safe communications is
- How safe hardware is from viruses
- How safe networks are from outside sources
- How to monitor internal users
- How to detect when those without permissions attempt to get onto the network
- How to protect from outside viruses.
The cost of technological sabotage can be extreme for businesses, whether a virus is targeted for a business to steal information, or whether a virus is sent out to produce mayhem all over the internet.