Building Network Security through a Containerized Environment
In the past, when businesses or individuals talked about security, they meant physical security. Making sure buildings were locked and the machines stayed in their assigned locations. With the technological advancements that have come along in the last 20 years, another form of security has become a top priority. As companies integrate divisions, and look for ways to drive efficiencies, it is becoming more common for businesses to rely on third-party providers for all their processing, developing, and hosting needs.
The result is a workforce that has more users collaborating with more applications constantly – and oftentimes, a manual or fragmented security effort can’t keep up with all the threat opportunities. It is possible to bring control of security measures back to the business, but it requires an IT team that can build and maintain a hybrid, multi-cloud, containerized environment.
RCN Business can support your business through our Managed Security solution that’s designed to offer additional network security protections, such as application visibility and control, DDoS, stateful firewall, URL filtering and user-ID based control, to the security environment your business is assembling.
Application Visibility and Control
Controlling application access to the internet and to the user used to be easy. Each application had specific protocols it followed, and it only used certain ports. The expansion of the mobile workforce has forced even the most straightforward applications to behave dynamically for employees to be able to access their work information from anywhere at any time and on any device.
Distributed Denial of Service attacks are the most mainstream issue facing network security today. One vulnerable machine can be exploited for the purpose of intentionally paralyzing a computer network. The size of the network doesn’t matter because the outcome is the same. The network being attacked is sent so much information at one time that the system is forced to slow down or even shut down which leaves legitimate users of that network unable to use it. This results in lost revenue and an unreliable reputation.
A firewall can no longer be a static point in your network. The firewall now evaluates the characteristics and operating state of the connections attempting to send packets into the network. That evaluation provides an extra layer of protection to ensure only legitimate packets make it onto the network. When the legitimacy of networks and packets can change regularly, this is not something to be evaluated on a monthly checklist. Staying on top of firewall updates as they happen to ensure the security of your network.
Once upon a time, URL filtering was the only firewall your network needed. You would be able to determine the URLs for legitimate business sites and partners and allow those, while at the same time block the list of publicly known malicious URLs. While this is still a necessary piece of any network security system, it can no longer be your only method of protection.
User-ID Based Control
In the early days of computing, each machine was given certain permissions. For example, if you worked in accounting your machine would have access to accounting software and documents, but no access to documents that related to sales. Your machine and its IP address were the control against unauthorized access to another department’s software and documents. With the mobile workforce set to exceed that of the traditional office worker possibly as soon as the year 2020, the IP address is no longer a valid control measure.
The mobile workforce uses multiple machines and devices every day to access work. Now your user ID, which is often an email address in combination with a password, is what says you are allowed to access certain files and applications. While this makes access easier for the employee, it also makes access easier for those who want to harm your business, which is why many companies require two-factor authentication and have complex password requirements. The security of the user is all that stands between network security and destruction.
Our focus on network security allows your business to slowly integrate network security decisions in a way that maintain the integrity of your data. In doing so, your business is able to thrive while you navigate the constantly evolving technological atmosphere. For more information on how we can help your business secure its network through Managed Security, give us a call at 1-877-726-7000 or request a free consultation by email.