The scale of business IT networks has increased dramatically over the past decades. The setup has moved from basements with a few servers to large-scale data centers with thousands of servers connected to each other and directly to businesses.
IT networks are responsible for processing transactions, handling business data and intelligence, supporting analytical tools and shaping complex processes within companies. The infrastructure has contributed to most of the corporate productivity in recent years.
Networks are configured to run around the clock, even when business hardware fails. With servers and links making a network from different locations, the shutdown of power supplies in one location doesn’t disrupt business continuity as the network is still being powered from another location.
Effective network infrastructure supports processes, like monitoring of data, to create value and make sound choices about which network lines to use and how to integrate them with business operations when one of the data center malfunctions. All business users, as a result, can continue using various network resources from their apps and desktops, which leads to enhance productivity.
Security is an issue
However, business IT networks increasingly face cyber security threats. Broad attacks focus on exploiting the network to acquire valuable data from an enterprise. Cyber attacks can be conducted across multiple stages and vectors; hackers have a plan to compromise the network, signal back after the attack, and take out valuable data despite standard security measures.
DDoS attacks used to leverage thousands of servers to create a botnet that would exploit the network by working as an attack engine. However, new types of attacks include botnets that feature network-class equipment with much more power. Many companies are vulnerable to these attacks because their network security has been designed around the lower numbers, thinking that it would be suffice to stop the DDoS attack.
That means that some of the deadliest features can be taken out of military-grade bugs and dropped into existing attacks to make network attacks even nastier. It also means that while you’re reading this post, an adversary out there is creating new attack modules with the capability to bypass network security.
Then there is also the threat of insecure applications. The proliferation of enterprise applications has enabled many companies to have greater connectivity with their customers, clients, etc. But problems such as cross-site scripting and network injections have arisen for the IT network. With attacks using NOSql databases and other injection attacks, the ability to compromise network-hosted applications may continue to increase.
What can enterprises do?
Enterprises need to take advanced measures to protect their network security, which means investing in software and services designed to protect the network from existing and emerging threats.
Managed services are available for immediate IT response. Organizations can use such services to get their network back up and running; diagnoses and resolution can be conducted via remote login from the service provider. Non-emergency operations will be interrupted when network security is compromised in order to focus on the continuation of the business.
If your IT network is connected to the cloud you can invest in cloud mitigation services to ensure malicious traffic is scrubbed out from your network and only clean traffic is sent to your data center. This and the previous solution is scalable so they are effective in keeping up with rapid advances in IT network attack techniques.