Technology paves the way for more interconnectedness between people, gadgets, and networks. This means that the stakes are higher when it comes to data security. Companies and organizations are devoting time, effort, and financial investments to make sure that their networks are secure — and they should. Otherwise, they would have to pay a high price.
If you run a business and have computer systems, this article is for you. We have outlined here the reasons why securing your network is crucial to your business. But before that, let’s first try to understand what a network infrastructure is. Simply put, it refers to all the hardware, software, and services you have that provide communication paths between computer systems. Below are the reasons why securing this infrastructure is critical to your business.
- To deter internal threat actors from accessing your system
A threat actor is any person or organization that has carried out an action, whether deliberate or incidental, that compromises or can potentially compromise a company’s network security. If the threat actor is involved with the company in question, then he is labeled as an internal threat actor or a partner. Often, employees can play this role, whether knowingly or unknowingly. They can pose a big threat to the company by doing unguarded actions through their computers, like installing malicious software that are infected with worms, viruses and trojans. The company becomes an easy target to attackers when employees are careless about handling the company’s accounts. In extreme situations, employees can also intentionally compromise the company. They divulge sensitive information to potential attackers, or even participate in the actual attack themselves. This is certainly a bad situation, and you can only avoid it if you secure your network from malicious attacks.
An effective and secure network infrastructure does not work only as a preventive measure against disasters; it is also an important competitive tool. In an age where commerce has transmuted into its digital form, network security is becoming an indispensable asset that consumers require from a business.
- To keep external hackers from breaking into your account
The other type of threat actor is the external player, an outsider who does not have a history of trust with the company. This type of threat actor, better known as hacker and hacktivist, is the more common between the two, and it is also the more dangerous and risky. Hackers can either launch a general attack or target a specific organization. They gain unauthorized access into the company’s network and steal sensitive data that can create a negative impact into the victim’s image and reputation. Hackers are cybercriminals who are usually motivated by money to find the vulnerabilities of a company and either give the information to competitors or expose it to the public. They infect networks through the internet, so if yours is not secure enough, get ready to face some serious consequences.
- To avoid network integrity breach
Every company needs to protect its assets to keep an edge against competitors. The company reserves the right to withhold any important information that it deems to be crucial to its existence and success. When a company’s integrity is put on the line, it is 80% sure to go down. Only genius counter-ploys can make up for the damage. This breach in trust and confidentiality can be done by either of the two types of threat actors. Sometimes it’s in the form of sabotage; sometimes it’s espionage. In both cases, the essence of confidentiality is disregarded, resulting to a major blow that is hard to get up from. To avoid this disaster, invest on security.
- To prevent data manipulation and destruction
Security breach poses a lot of negative implications, and one of them is data infringement. Data is a highly valuable resource in business, and when it is manipulated or destroyed, the injured party is left paralyzed. Data is the code that companies rely on to make decisions and execute actions. It is always a serious concern when a malicious user tarnishes it or destroys it completely. This is most especially true about finance-related data. When the numbers and facts are fabricated, the company spirals down the wrong direction.
- To gain a competitive advantage
Now to the more positive side. An effective and secure network infrastructure does not work only as a preventive measure against disasters; it is also an important competitive tool. In an age where commerce has transmuted into its digital form, network security is becoming an indispensable asset that consumers require from a business. If you have a secure network to boast, you’re already one step ahead from your competitors who are falling behind in this aspect. Use this advantage to leverage the competition. Build your fortress first, then mobilize your soldiers. (PA)