Vulnerability Explained: How Do Hackers View Your Network?

The technology infrastructure used every day is a familiar part of your business. You know where your applications are, your data, and how to access the internet and send email through it. Your view of the network, then, is from the inside out. But how would a potential hacker see your network? It’s a question worth asking.

Most businesses have edge devices on their network, such as a firewall, and routers to prevent intrusion into the network. Unfortunately, installation of edge devices is often considered a “set and forget” action. Leaving your devices to manage themselves is a dangerous gamble.

Rapid technological changes are all around us, so why would your firewall be exempt from this reality? As cyber-criminals develop new tactics and tools, it is vital to ensure your network’s protection can keep pace. You can check this with a scan of your network.

Here are some of the things a perimeter scan will look at:

  1. Operating Systems and patch levels of edge devices (routers, firewalls)
  2. SSL Certificate vulnerabilities
  3. O/S and settings of any devices accessible from outside the network

 

Vulnerability Scans

This scan uncovers devices with out-of-date operating systems or missing important updates. These updates contain necessary protocols to ensure the perimeter device is protected against vulnerabilities uncovered or exploited since the device was installed.

The scan shows industry best practices followed with regards to digital certificates, authentication, and port settings. It’s a good idea to go over the scan report in details with an IT expert to ensure your network is protected.

Clare Computer Solutions routinely conducts vulnerability scans for clients, and we recommend yearly scans at least, or whenever an edge device is installed or updated. The scans are inexpensive and quick, but they can save you a lot of money and worry!

Contact us and we’ll help you discover how your network appears to cyber-criminals on the outside, and help you address any threats in your vulnerability scans.

Hybrid Infrastructure Makes Cloud Migrations More Strategic

Cloud computing holds great promise for the future of information technology (IT). As the technology matures, and the install base grows, more businesses are choosing to mix on-premise and cloud environments, to create a “hybrid infrastructure.”

Demystifying Hybrid Infrastructure

Most businesses are finding their existing IT infrastructure is not suitable to move to the cloud entirely. Issues with bandwidth, latency, and compatibility have made many companies realize that often, moving everything into the cloud it isn’t the best solution. This requires businesses to do some advanced planning, to maximize the benefits of the cloud. Here are some things to consider:

Analyze Current Infrastructure

What applications does your business rely on to function day-by-day? How does it handle sales, marketing, ordering, shipping and receiving, research and design workloads? How do your employees interact with clients, colleagues, and suppliers? How is data stored, where is it stored and how is it backed up? Of all these applications, which will provide benefits if moved to the cloud? These answers to these questions will help your businesses plan to make the move from on-premise to hybrid infrastructure or, possibly, in the long-term, from hybrid to a fully managed cloud.

Consider Bandwidth and Latency

Different programs handle data in different ways. Sometimes the data that flows to the end user device is in small increments. Other times, a large amount of data must be sent to the user’s device(s) often and quickly. Bandwidth matters, of course – a large data pipe can move more than a smaller one. If large amounts of data need to traverse long distances, latency will degrade the user experience, and impact productivity, and responsiveness.

Consider Reliability and Redundancy

The more your business relies on singular data connections, the greater effect an “internet down” event will have. Connection schemes should be designed with reliability in mind. It should be set up for a quick fail-over if the primary circuit ever has problems. Of course, this is a good argument to have assets already in the cloud. If the office connection goes down for any reason, many businesses can have people work remotely.

The advantages of cloud computing are real, but it takes careful planning to fully realize the benefits. Choose the cloud strategy that provides the most benefit for your business, with a trusted partner. Clare Computer Solutions can help you migrate appropriate workloads to the cloud – contact us today to get started.

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