Network security has been virtually ignored too long by some companies, until recent news made it a top priority in such a volatile IT world. The Sony Pictures hack just before the end of 2014 showed companies big and small just how vulnerable we all are. A hacking group shut down the entire Sony network, making accessing their data impossible. These attacks are possible on anyone at any time.
It makes you wonder who’s next. Smaller companies are especially at risk if a hacking group doesn’t agree with the company philosophy. It’s no wonder that new statistics show company spending on network security is increasing this year. According to a study by Forrester, 40% of company respondents in their poll showed they’ll increase spending on network security throughout 2015.
Whether or not this number is panic derived from the Sony incident, it’s not the news of Sony alone that likely persuaded them. With network hacks happening everywhere (sometimes without companies even knowing it), companies are likely waking up to the realization a hacking has already been occurring under their noses. This could all be avoided with proper network monitoring.
Security and Efficiency on Your Network
The last thing you want is someone snooping into your network and stealing trade secrets. To add insult to injury, this would likely happen entirely without your knowledge! Remember, this is a process that could easily happen without any immediate evidence. Companies sometimes don’t find out they’ve been hacked until months or even years later when discovering stolen data.
Through the proper monitoring and controls, you can at least know that hackers have been in your network. You can potentially even stop the hackers dead in their tracks! Take the necessary steps to have a network that’s safe and operating efficiently at all times.