Logical Security

The threats to network security and the vulnerabilities to attack, as well as the skills and sophistication of the attackers, are constantly evolving. As companies deploy more complex e-business models, expand their mission-critical networks with new intranet, extranet, and e-commerce applications, and support a growing mobile workforce, network security technologies are increasingly vital in preventing intrusion and theft of company data assets, and in eliminating network security vulnerabilities.

With the heightened importance of network security, companies are looking to service providers such as m&m Innovations for easy and reliable access to advanced security services and expertise, and to offload management functions so that they may focus on their core competencies.

Given the high risk and cost of security breaches and the challenges of staying abreast of security threat prevention and vulnerability assessments, an increasing number of IT managers across companies of all sizes are exploring ways to take advantage of the expertise and services offered by managed security service providers like m&m Innovations to enhance network security. By using m&m Innovations, IT managers can direct internal resources to network enhancements that can help grow business and increase productivity, instead of focusing on ongoing operations. Managed security services from m&m Innovations can scale from simple equipment monitoring to comprehensive security management and remote site support with dedicated resources, providing IT organizations with tremendous flexibility and control while minimizing security risks and costs.

SECURITY CHALLENGES

Safeguarding data and networks in today's business environment is a complex endeavor. The challenges include:
Increased security threats as the use of wide-area networking, the Internet, and remote access grows. With increased access comes added security risk. Financial, insurance, medical, real estate, and professional services have a high proportion of mobile workers, business travelers, and telecommuters who require secure access to home networks.

  • Increasing malicious attacks in the form of viruses, worms, and Trojan horse attacks, such as Blaster, Code Red, and Slammer. These attacks spread rapidly and can quickly overwhelm IT resources.
  • The rise in spam. 40 percent of all e-mail sent is spam; this number is expected to rise to 60 percent by 2010.
  • The threat of impersonation. The rapid growth in wireless communications and networking has increased the possibility that an intruder could gain access to vital network resources and data by assuming the identity of a trusted user.
  • The cost of "day zero" damage. Day zero attacks exploit new, unknown vulnerabilities that are difficult to guard against. Attackers spend a great deal of time working on these exploits, trying to find a hole in a specific product, implementation, or protocol. Their secrets are traded like valuable resources, often on Internet Relay Chat channels or private underground Websites.
  • The pace of security threat advances and increasing potency of attacks. Communications technologies, hardware, and software continue to rapidly evolve, making it challenging to keep vulnerability and response assessment current. While large organizations may be able to afford IT specialization and dedicated resources, it is difficult for small and medium-sized organizations to stay abreast of the latest security technologies and practices.
  • The growing complexity of e-business models. As more business is conducted over the Internet, the types of services and information that are exchanged are increasingly complex and vulnerable to attack.
  • Customer concerns regarding security and privacy. Guarding the privacy of their personal information is of enormous concern to customers. Complying with privacy regulations can be considered just a business cost, but many companies understand that establishing a reputation for safeguarding customer privacy can also be a selling point.
  • Compliance with regulations. Government regulations in the United States and other countries, such as the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLB), the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), and the Government Information Security Reform Act (GISRA), compel organizations to improve security to protect end users. HIPAA, for example, requires end-to-end encryption of data traveling between medical locations.

With these security challenges to the network, businesses are turning to m&m Innovations for managed security services for support. Businesses use m&m security services to:

  • Improve security posture: identify security threats and vulnerabilities and recommend responses.
  • Enhance reliability 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
  • Focus IT resources on supporting in-house applications and networks.
  • Protect IT investments and systems.
  • Conduct business on the Internet securely.
  • Reduce cost through economies of scale.
  • Deploy services faster.
  • Reduce IT costs.
  • Reduce the need to hire specialized IT resources.

m&m Innovations is a leader in networking. Companies have recognized that m&m Innovations security solutions and technologies offer them a competitive advantage when receiving managed security services. An increasing number of business customers are recieving solutions that include firewalls, VPN concentrators, intrusion prevention devices, DDoS detectors and guards, and desktop software, as well as many network hardware and software components to provide a wide range of network-based services.

Let's discuss how m&m Innovations can help you with your security challenges.