Why Network Security?
Would you build a house without doors…Just leave open spaces where entry ways should be? Most people would not even consider the thought! Not only do doors keep out unwanted visitors, but they also keep out the weather, insects, wildlife—all the things you can’t control. And at the end of the day, they make us feel safe. Why do anything different for your corporate network?
Take a moment and think about your company’s network as your home. It is not specifically YOUR home, but it’s the home to your data, your employees and all your intellectual property. In our houses, we go to great length to secure ourselves—doorknob locks, deadbolts, smart locks. Even most exterior doors are metal, not wood, to provide an extra level of security to your home. Now look at your corporate network, how do you feel about the front door of your network? Does it give you the same sense of security that the front door of your home does? This is why we need network security.
Your corporate network, even extended to remote users, should allow you to feel comfortable that your data is secure. Like the doors in your home, it keeps all the items your company cares about safer. Also like our homes, we add additional levels of security to our corporate networks, such as firewalls, MFA and VPNs. Ultimately though, it’s the door that is your first line of security.
Do not allow yourself to be ‘okay’ with what you have now. If you knew that your front door sticks a little and does not shut all the way, you would fix it to prevent something as simple as a strong breeze from blowing it open, wouldn’t you? Why not look at your corporate network the same way?
If your neighborhood started seeing more break-ins, you would consider taking a second look at the locks on your doors or maybe add an additional measure or two to make sure they are still solid. The internet sees constant break-ins. Your digital neighbors are all over the news reporting their stories of how a malicious actor ‘broke into their network’, so why are you waiting to look at the front door security of your network?