As networks have grown and become more sophisticated, there’s an increased need to protect them from malicious threats while meeting regulatory compliance.  Today’s threats come in many different forms and you need security solutions that will work for you now and in the future.  Your network is a critical component of running your business and it needs to be well protected.  This is one area that we specialize in and we take protecting your network seriously.  This is why we invest a significant amount of time and effort on designing network security solutions that meet the needs of our customers. 

You might be wondering, what exactly is network security?  Well, it’s a combination of physical and logical (software) preventative measures to protect the underlying network infrastructure.  It can include things like door locks, firewalls, antivirus and antimalware software, intrusion prevention systems, web filtering, spam filtering and many others. 

We have Cisco certified engineers on staff that have experience with installing, managing, configuring and monitoring all areas of network security.  Our team also has experience with government mandates and regulations such as HIPAA and PCI.  We’ve been helping our customers for many years implement robust security solutions and we can help you too. 

 Here’s some of the benefits of network security:

  • Stop malicious threats from entering and spreading
  • Protect your data
  • Increased staff productivity
  • Protect your reputation
  • Keeps you focused on running your business
  • Helps you remain in compliance with government regulations

Firewalls – This is absolutely essential in protecting your network infrastructure from malicious threats.  In general, a firewall sits on the edge of the network and is typically the network’s first line of defense.  This can be equated to a security guard on the outside of the gate.  The guard can ask for basic credentials, deny those who are not authorized, and also check a guest list for deciding who can pass.  The advantage of the firewall is that it can manage the first line of defense and keep out most unauthorized guests.  Firewalls put up a barrier between your trusted internal network and untrusted outside networks, such as the Internet. They use a set of defined rules to allow or block traffic. A firewall can be hardware, software, or both.  Our Cisco ASA firewalls provide excellent protection and are considered to be one of the best in the industry.

Intrusion Prevention (IPS) – This is typically positioned on the inside of the outermost gate.  Think of it as a guard on the inside of the house.  This guard can detect suspicious behavior like anomalies and patterns that are not correct and might even do a more thorough search of anything suspicious.  This guard has far more visibility into the activities of the protected network, or “house”.  An intrusion prevention system (IPS) scans network traffic to actively block attacks. We use Cisco Next-Generation IPS (NGIPS) appliances that correlate huge amounts of global threat intelligence to not only block malicious activity but also track the progression of suspect files and malware across the network to prevent the spread of outbreaks and reinfection.

Antivirus and antimalware - "Malware," short for "malicious software," includes viruses, worms, Trojans, ransomware, and spyware. Sometimes malware will infect a network but lie dormant for days or even weeks. The best antimalware programs not only scan for malware upon entry, but also continuously track files afterward to find anomalies, remove malware, and fix damage.

Email Security - Email gateways are the number one threat vector for a security breach. Attackers use personal information and social engineering tactics to build sophisticated phishing campaigns to deceive recipients and send them to sites serving up malware. An email security application blocks incoming attacks and controls outbound messages to prevent the loss of sensitive data.

Web Security - A web security solution will control your staff’s web use, block web-based threats, and deny access to malicious websites. This will help keep your staff productive and protect your network at the same time.

Vulnerability Scans – As an important part of network security we can scan your network to identify weaknesses or security holes.   We want to find out about these holes before someone else finds them and decides to break in.  We use the information learned from the security scan to patch your systems.  This includes Microsoft Windows patches, network equipment, telecommunication equipment and 3rd party apps like Adobe Reader, Adobe Flash, Google Chrome and others.    

Compliance – There are many regulatory programs such as HIPAA or PCI that businesses must follow.  For example, if your business accepts credit cards, then you must be compliant with the Payment Card Industry (PCI) rules and regulations.  We can help your business remain compliant by conducting regular risk assessments and remediation plans.