Security Assessment: The Benefits of A Secured Network

There are immediate benefits to be derived from having a secured network. For companies, there are great financial benefits to be realized, while for individuals there is the benefit of having the peace of mind that a hacker can’t just break into your computer network. For you to enjoy these benefits you will need a strategic security company that is able to perform effective security assessment and penetration testing on a regular basis. The Information Technology (IT) Security Company will ensure that vulnerabilities in the network are identified and resolved to prevent the likelihood of hackers getting access to your network. Here are some other benefits of getting your network assessed for security purposes:

Good Knowledge and Clear Understanding

The information that you will gather from an IT consulting Security Company will perfect your knowledge and understanding of the current information concerning the security risks. Some experts will tell you that one of the very first steps in getting a secured network is to understand your organization’s security state. When your understanding is clear and complete, you will be better able to identify the vulnerabilities that are associated with your network. This understanding will further help you in your plight to protect critical business information, confidentiality and the integrity of your business.

Established Internal Awareness of Information Security Risks

Another benefit to be derived from assessing your network’s security is the fact that internal awareness and vigilance will be increased, thus increasing your chances finding holes in your network that can be exploited by hankers. Not only will you be able to benefit from identifying holes quicker, but more informed decisions can be made by management, and other weaknesses present in the processing, storing and channeling of data throughout the organizational security controls.

Improvements to the Overall Security System

With periodical reviews, evaluations and assessments of the network within your company, there will be the added benefit of an improved overall security posture. Of course, when improving your network’s security, you will need to bear in mind that the information that is pertinent to the business’ objectives is the focal point of security. In other words, the improvements must be made where the core information is entered, processed, and stored. Also by performing penetration testing and security assessment, you will be in a position to proactively secure and resolve any weakness before it is exploited by unlawful hackers.

Meet Regulatory Compliance Standards

In all industries there are best practices and regulatory compliance standards that must be followed. If these standards are not adhered to, the company usually faces fines and penalties, and in some extreme cases imprisonment. To help you satisfy these requirements and forgo the penalties, a security assessment is undertaken to evaluate your current position, where you need to be in relation to the standards, and the strategies and penetration testing that may be necessary for you to implement if you are going to meet the industry standards and requirements. Don’t worry too much about the standards; focus on getting the professional consultation that is necessary for your success.

Marketing Security – Networking With Other Security Companies

Quite a few marketing-savvy security companies have networking arrangements with organizations in other industries. Realtors, insurance agents, locksmiths, home builders, commercial developers and many others can be great sources of referral business when properly set up and managed. But there’s another excellent source of new business that most independent security companies overlook, and that’s other security companies.

When I first suggest this to clients, they’re often surprised. “You’ve got to be kidding,” they say. “Why would I work with other security companies?” The answer is simple. Because they can send you high-quality business that closes about 100% of the time and costs you nothing. And even though they sell the same products and services, they don’t compete with you. Why? Because they’re in different market areas.

Mobile Population Creates Opportunities

Sixteen percent of the U.S. population moves every year. That’s about 40 million people annually. No doubt many of your own customers are part of this annual migration, while many potential new customers move in.

Many of these new arrivals had a home security system in their prior residence and will want one in their new home. Instead of cracking open the Yellow Pages, wouldn’t they rather have their security company take care of this for them? Wouldn’t they prefer to have one less thing to worry about and let their current company handle the security transfer details for them? Wouldn’t you like to be on the receiving end of that referral pipeline?

When setting up your network, think about where new arrivals to your market area come from. For instance, here in the Sacramento region we get most of our “transplants” from the San Francisco Bay area and Southern California. So a company operating here would want to first set up arrangements with companies in those areas.

Other Security Sales Advantages

This type of arrangement also gives you a day-to-day sales advantage. For instance, people who are transferred regularly will like the fact you can take care of their security needs no matter where they move. It also means you can compete for the commercial business of companies with nationwide offices, even if your own company only operates regionally. (By the way, have you looked at working directly with relocation companies, corporate recruiters or companies that have a lot of employee transfers?)

And in this increasingly global economy, who says you have to limit your alliances solely to domestic security companies? Ready to go international?

CompTIA A+, Security+, Network+ Tutorial – Ethernet Card Troubleshooting

When a computer fails to communicate, the network interface adapter can be at fault, but it is far more likely that some other component is causing the problem. Before you see to the network interface adapter, check for the following problems first:

o Make sure the network cable is firmly seated into the connector on the network interface adapter. If using a hub, check the cable connection.

o Try using a different cable that you know works. If using a permanently installed cable, plug another computer that you know works into it and use different patch cables.

o Make sure that you have the proper driver installed on the computer.

o Check to see that all of the other software components required for network communications, such as clients and protocols, are properly installed on the computer. If no problem is found with the driver, the cable, or the network configuration parameters, then it is time to start checking NIC. Before you open the computer case, check to see if the NIC manufacturer has provided its own diagnostic software. If you are using a Plug and Play, you might not have even looked at the disk included with the NIC, but this is a time when it can be worth your while to do so. If the card is functioning properly, and assuming that the software providing the upper layer protocols is correctly installed and configured, the problem is probably caused by the hardware resource configuration.

There is a resource conflict between the network interface adapter and another device in the computer, or the network interface adapter is not configured to use the same resources as the network interface adapter driver.

Use the configuration utility supplied with the adapter to see what resources the network interface adapter is physically configured to use. You may have to adjust the settings of the card or the driver, or even those of another device in the computer, to accommodate the card. If the NIC is malfunctioning, due to a static discharge or a manufacturer’s defect there is not much you can do except replace it. Before you do this, you should check to see that the NIC is fully seated in the slot, as this is a prime cause of communication problems. If the card is not secured with a screw, press it down firmly into the slot at both ends and secure it. If the problem prolongs, try removing the card from the slot, cleaning out the slot with a can of compressed air, and installing the card again. If not, you can try using another slot. After exhausting all of these avenues, trying installing a different card in the computer, either a new one or one from another computer that you know is working properly.