Everyone Is At Risk

Technology is amazing stuff. However, some of the greatest threats that today’s businessman or woman faces is a cyberattack. Just count the number of breaches in the last couple of years; you know what I mean.

Some of the recent breaches include JP Morgan Chase, Sony, UPS and my favorite, PF Chang’s. The list of breaches is quite extensive, and to that end, some companies are creating a separate network for physical security applications.

I think you will enjoy our cover story from Lee A. Pernice. She knows a lot about networking and security, and she will tell you that a physical security-only network is typically used for intrusion detection, video, access control and related infrastructure.

When you dive into this story, Pernice will give you the benefits of a dedicated security-only network, plus who should consider such a network, and selecting a third-party provider. Once you have made that decision, she will guide you through the steps to consider when designing such a network, and finish up with a case study implemented by Protection 1.

Another contribution comes from Philip Lieberman, president of Lieberman Software, who writes about privileged identities and learning what is at the core of an online attack. A question posed in his story, “has it reached the point where no system is ever fully protected from hackers?”

Lieberman says IT managers should anticipate that their systems will be breached, and sensitive data could be stolen or made public. The real question then is how do you minimize the damage of a cyberattack? Also realize today’s cyber hacker is not naïve and can exploit the network because every account on that network has some level of privilege associated with it.

Want to learn some amazing things about cyber security? It’s all here in these few pages, and adhering to the messages could save you time and business resources in the very near future.

This article originally appeared in the August 2015 issue of Security Today.

About the Author

Ralph C. Jensen is editor-in-chief of Security Today magazine.

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