Network Security - Protect your data and comply with GDPR
GDPR – Have you taken steps to protect your data from breaches?
Employing security solutions for your business should always be a priority and never an afterthought. This is now more important than ever with the upcoming introduction of the new GDPR requirements on 25th May 2018. Don’t make the mistake – penalties for non-compliance are substantial and aside from the financial impact, can adversely affect the reputation of your business.
Effective network security manages access to the network, targeting a variety of threats and prevents them from entering or spreading on your network. There are various elements of security and we have outlined some key factors to be considered when assessing your Network Security:
Privacy by design
One of the essential data protection principles outlined by the GDPR specifies that you have a general obligation to implement technical and organisational measures, which show you have considered and integrated data protection into your processing activities. This means that personal data must be processed in a manner that ensures an appropriate level of security is in place for your system – your network security forms an integral element of this, as it encompasses the communication of data in and out of your network.
Network Access Control
Network access control is possibly one of the most important of the network security types. Access control enables you to dictate who has access to what information and which devices are permitted to gain access to the network. This means you can give specific access to relevant individuals when required and stop unauthorised devices from gaining access to certain files or areas of your system. Including access control in the design process of your network system will help to prevent the likelihood of a data breach.
IoT Internet of Things
We are now entering an age where almost everything is (or can be) connected; from TV’s to cars, lifts, vending machines and health devices are now being sold with built-in network connectivity. This means that you can pair them directly with the internet via wi-fi or mobile network systems, without plugging them into a computer first. Over time, there will be increasing numbers of connected devices, collecting more and more data. This helps businesses stay relevant and understand their customers better, in order to improve products/services. On the flipside however, this brings with it more risks and subsequently now a stronger requirement for data protection. As part of this evolution, you want to be safe in the knowledge that your system is prepared.
Web Filtering & Virus Blocking
With over a billion websites on the internet, it is no surprise that many of them contain viruses and malware. But how can you protect yourself? The Cloudsis Network Security Solution can help you reduce the vulnerabilities of Internet access by allowing you complete control over website access within your organisation. The solution employs advanced monitoring and analysis, which can assist with detecting unusual traffic or inappropriate content, and allows you to set a comprehensive level of policies to block websites such as gambling, porn, social media and gaming.
The Virus Blocker comes included as standard, which stops virus outbreaks before they reach users' desktops. It works proactively by transparently scanning your HTTP, FTP and SMTP traffic to protect your network from viruses, trojans and other malware. It also scans within archives such as zip, rar, tar, gzip, bzip2 (and more).
It is critically important that you have an organised and fully functioning network security system in place, so that you can be confident you have taken all necessary steps to help prevent any possible data breach. The Cloudsis Network Security Solution will give you peace of mind in knowing that you can have an all-in-one package, configured and ready to go.
The better covered the entry points of your network security system, the easier it will be to avoid a data breach, or in the worst case scenario be able to quickly identify and detect a breach so swift action can be taken identify and report as per the GDPR requirements.