With the advancements taking place in the world of science and technology, the life of humans is becoming easier and easier daily. Today, it doesn’t even take a day to spread a message all around the globe, and rather it’s a matter of few microsecond to a second only. With ease comes many other difficulties. Researchers say that the major population of the world is competent enough to perform their work in a fraction of second and fulfill their demands almost instantly, but the security threats are increasing daily.
In the present day, hackers are intruding in the personal lives of every individual in this world. This scenario is standing as one of the major risk factors for enterprises and businesses all around the earth. With traditional office networks, it is quite easy and simple to use. Industrial communication networks are becoming much more sophisticated so as to maintain the security protocols. Most enterprises require a partner who has an extensive experience and can provide successful implementation of professional planning and designing. For making the plan perfect for each business corporation, the partner must have a thorough knowledge of automation and the industry.
It is quite clear to the industry now that soon IoT and machines will be the most capable type of communicating will be the most type of industrial device. Reports suggest that the usage of networked industrial robots will get doubled every succeeding year. The volume of data will also increase and so will the security concern for each of them.
Experts talk about the issues, ways to develop and maintain security. They are even worried about the hackers spying on our browsers. A Google spokesperson pointed out and said, “Many browsers still support plugins which access camera/mic in ways that aren’t apparent to users, or that even the browser can’t detect. Chrome doesn’t, and hasn’t for a while. In other words, the signals we show are more useful / transparent than other browsers.”
The major security issues that are widely talked about though often neglected are:
Intrusion into office networks
Every enterprise is keeping their priority on the protection of their office systems. Professionals suggest that the tools like IDS and IPS aid people, to identify and protect all their networks against several security threat types, irrespective of whether it is wired or wireless. As the size and the complexity of the network grows, like many other network security tools, these are the technologies which are often being installed with greater frequency to maintain the efficiency of the network security. An independent study suggested that the revenues of Annual IPS are expected to reach its double by the end of 2017.
Technological security tools like IPS and IDS detect threat activity in the form of viruses, spyware, malware, worms and other attack types as well as the threats posed by the policy violations. The expert’s comment that IPS tools perform actively while providing in-line monitoring and can prevent numerous attacks caused by known and even unknown sources while IDS tools are known to provide passive surveillance and detection facilities, though both the tools can identify and classify the type of attacks.
Management of Mobile Devices
The industry networks are evolving daily, and the communication system is getting more mobile. With the usefulness of mobility of industrial networking and communication devices comes the security concerns and threats. The successful industrialists are forwards in applying and installing Mobile Device Management (MDM) software to efficiently manage, control and secure mobile networking devices. These MDM applications are improving the network security through their remote monitoring facility which adds the feature of controlling security configurations, policy enforcement and patch pushes to mobile devices. The professionals say that these systems are capable of locking the lost, stolen or compromised mobile devices remotely and eliminate all the data stored in them if required.
Malware threats and its Interference
Anyone who is involved with the computing and internet industry, malware is the biggest security threat they fear. It is always on the lookout for network vulnerabilities everywhere like security defenses, browsers, operating systems, applications and some of its popular targets are Adobe Reader, Adobe Flash, and Acrobat. These are so threatful that they have full access and can exploit a victim’s network. While using anti-malware system tools the user can quickly identify, block and remove malware threats. To keep the system protected for a longer time, the experts suggest including IP blacklisting, installing anti-spyware and antivirus software, adding data-loss prevention (DLP) tools, web browsing policies, outbound traffic proxies and egress filtering.
Improvement of Authentication and Authorization of network
It is observed that the services such as Active-Directory which are traditionally known for providing directory-based service was used to facilitate users to authenticate users and grant access to administrators based on the rules of authorization. On the other hand, the newer identity-based security technologies not only manage authentication but provides clearance through more unique and innovative methods such as digital certificate and public key infrastructure solutions. It also offers additional protection which is provided by the SNMP itself and its recent version is known to provide authentication, authorization and encryption facilities too.
Digitalization is something without which life is almost impossible to think today. The term “Digitalization” is nothing new to the world today, but the developments in this field are bringing in a tremendous amount of security threats which are sometimes becoming new things to learn. Professionals say that the digitalization opens up a new perspective for the industry and this is something carried on by the robust communication networks. As per experts’ views, the world is going to see an estimated 15 billion connected smart machines by 2020. Apparently, the amount of data will increase and so will the threats. Pundits say it’s the high time to do your security check to keep yourself and your company safe from networking security threats.
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