How Secure are Your Devices?
- By Ralph C. Jensen
- May 01, 2015
Whenever I receive a cover story from Vince
Ricco I listen, and I learn. I’ve known Vince
for quite a while, and when he asks if your
security devices are connected to your sensitive
business data, it really makes you think.
He writes that any network node left unprotected…
well, you can read about it in the cover
story, but get it in your mind that if you’re doing this, you’re at
risk. Threats abound in the networking world; first and foremost,
you must harden your connections.
There are so many new technologies available today, and most
are on the same network structure. This is probably not a good
idea, and besides, it puts undue burdens on the IT staff to pay
attention to cyber security.
Ricco makes a compelling argument of strategies for protecting
network ports. He says it’s important to protect yourself, pay
particular attention to the user/administrator credential management,
physical port security, and video and data flow protection.
Our other editorial contributors, such as Julie Olenski, write
about locking the obvious front door to your network and what
digital defenses might work best for you. Madeline Domma writes
about building a foundation as part of a vulnerability management
plan. I’m sure you know and understand that problems can
emerge without a proper plan.
While it seems that physical security depends upon the IT infrastructure,
the reverse also is true. It makes a lot of sense for
everyone to pull together in their commitment of the security
This article originally appeared in the May 2015 issue of Security Today.
Ralph C. Jensen is editor-in-chief of Security Today magazine.