Last month’s article touched on several scenarios making a case for securing business networks. Today we will focus on what you can do as a business or technical decision maker to better secure and stabilize your business network and system security.
Trusted IT Partner
Many businesses do not have the resources to staff a full-time IT professionals required to build and maintain a stable and secure IT infrastructure. Often, a business may have a single or part-time staff member that spends most of their time battling a never ending barrage of symptoms — rather than treating the problems.
Finding a trusted partner or adding staff, with the resources and competencies to better secure and stabilize your business networks and systems are recommended avenues. The following are a few questions that you can ask:
Business Grade Systems, Hardware, and Support
Stable, secure, and scalable IT systems do not come at $19.95 with free shipping and handling. Nor are they doubled if you order in the next ten minutes. On the flip side it shouldn’t take a second mortgage to lock down the guest wireless network.
What is important is to recognize the difference between off the shelf consumer grade systems and hardware whose chief responsibilities include feeding your family’s Netflix or Facebook habit — versus business grade systems and hardware responsible for keeping employees productive, attackers out, and revenue coming through the firewall.
Business grade systems are built for stability, security, and scalability. However, they are also built with diagnostics in mind. When a problem does arise it is advantageous to “see, hear, taste, smell, and touch” what is going on in and around the systems and hardware. The same way an automotive shop makes use of your vehicle’s On-Board Diagnostic (OBD-II) capabilities, a network or systems engineer needs similar functions and tools.
Business grade systems and hardware have well supported and well documented capabilities that make it possible to better assess attacks, hardware failures, and configuration mistakes — ultimately reducing time spent in down or degraded conditions returning to stable business operation.
The consumer systems and hardware mantra of “when it breaks, replace it” doesn’t translate well to the higher complexity, more interconnected systems present in a business network. The capabilities needed by network and systems engineers to keep your business network and systems secure and stable are available through your trusted IT partner.