With LANs and business mobility becoming more widespread, businesses have to concentrate more on network security.
The majority of mobiles can access the Internet from anywhere around the globe and, as a result, IT security is becoming increasingly problematic. With cyber attacks as well as cybercrime constantly on the rise, particularly in developed countries, companies need to protect their data on all devices.
Cyber attacks targeted at large companies
As reported by CNBC, almost five out of six companies with a staff complement of more than 2500 employees, were targets of email fraud and spear-phishing attacks. In addition, small and medium companies with inferior network security were more at risk of being attacked.
In 2014 the mining industry was the most targeted sector worldwide, with the manufacturing, transportation and communication sectors also coming under threat.
For enterprises the biggest risk to computers and networks does not come from its firewall but rather through employees either connected by wire or wireless to a corporate or business network. Most network security professionals suggest installing an Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) on the computer network.
Protection for large companies against malicious threats
- Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs) of large organisations recognise that traditional IT security tools and processes are no longer effective, and are striving to build enterprise security technology architectures.
- CISOs must be involved at the outset of business and IT planning projects to ensure secure business processing enablement.
- Large organisations are faced with having to enhance cybersecurity defences while implementing new IT initiatives. For this reason CISOs will look to use vendors like Amazon and Apple that have strong security with its mobile and cloud offerings.
The move towards a more digital workplace means that large businesses need to understand the importance of network security, and look at methods to minimise the risk of cyber attacks. Attackers are introducing more and more ways to fool cyber security experts, so it is imperative for companies to have a defensive infrastructure in place.