We hear about cyber and network security in the news all the time. The most recent drama covers the threats against our technology infrastructures around the world but what exactly is network security? Am I safe? Who are the virtual soldiers that are leading the charge to keep these predators at bay?
Network security is a term that describes the policies and procedures implemented by a network administrator to avoid exploitation, modification, unauthorized access, or refusal of the network and resources. The networks are comprised of “nodes” or “client” terminals, servers and host computers that are linked together by private or public communication systems.
The network security industry has been somewhat of an afterthought for several years but with the recent news about hackers, malware and viruses on our computer systems, protecting IT systems has become even more important. This is where network security leadership is needed most.
The ever-increasing number of threats against technology infrastructures is the reason for the boom in the field of network security.
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Risky Business: A Growing Number of Security Breaches and Hackers
The prevalence of the internet and technology in our day-to-day lives is creating more issues with cyber security than ever before. Some of these issues deal with data theft or privacy and network breaches, while other issues include social networking and lost devices.
That said, all companies should have some sort of an emergency or incident response plan to help if a cyber attack or security breach occurs within its network. Having a solid plan in place will allow the company to recover quickly from the intrusion and mitigate damages if affected.
Take, for example, the recent story about an employee of a highly-read technology blog who was hacked this past August. Where would he and the company be now if an emergency response plan had been in place?
It’s hard to imagine that someone working in the technology field – writing weekly about internet security threats – could have this happen to him? Well, it did.
This story and many others like it are why it’s important to have leaders in network security.
Leadership in Network Security
With the rise of hackers, malware and Trojan horse viruses, many companies are looking to hire full-time employees that are devoted to fighting off these cyber enemies. But what does it take to become a leader in cyber and network security?
“Key leadership aspects [in network security] are to drive ethics and responsibility … individuals will possess the skills to compromise systems and do harm to computer networks. Having these skills need to be held with someone that has the personal ethics to understand when and where to use them, and not to use them for wrong doing,” says Justin Denton, program coordinator for the School of Technology at Rasmussen College.
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