Measuring Security IT Success
In a time where budgets are constrained and Internet threats
are on the rise, it is important for organizations to invest
in network security applications that will not only provide
them with powerful functionality but also a rapid return on
In most organizations
IT success is generally calculated through effectiveness,
resource usage and most importantly how quickly the investment
can be returned. To correctly quantify the ROI of information
technology, organizations usually measure cost savings and
increased profits since the initial implementation. Additionally,
ROI can also be affected based on the overall impact the investment
has on employee productivity and overall work environment
of the company.
With regards to
security IT purchases, however, it is much more difficult
to calculate an accurate ROI. When it comes to securing a
corporate network, it is nearly impossible to assign a dollar
amount to the level of security necessary to keep organizations
safe from increasing Internet threats. Making incorrect decisions
in this area could lead to an exhaustion of resources or an
oversight in specific areas needing protection, potentially
resulting in debilitating and costly security breaches.
To avoid such
situations, it is essential that all organizations invest
in a solid infrastructure with flexibility and room for future
expansion. In addition, leveraging open source solutions consistently
deliver greater ROI, substantially increase security protection,
and deliver better flexibility. Such an investment will fundamentally
change how information is managed and present results in a
more quantifiable metric when presenting to them management.
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I am considering building a home network. Can you give
me some advice on how to make it secure?
A. Making a home network secure can
be a bit complicated. Here are some quick tips to help you
sure that each computer that will be on your network includes
updated virus protection.
a personal firewall to hinder unauthorized access and to
control the traffic coming into and leaving your PC.
complex passwords. When constructing your password be sure
to use a combination of case, characters, number and symbols
to make it as difficult as possible for intruders to guess
their way to accessing your network.
an effort to avoid intrusions, shut off PCs and wireless
routers at night or whenever you will not be using your
network for a substantial period of time.
children will be utilizing your home network, you should
set up a form of web content filtering protect them from
accidentally accessing inappropriate websites and content.
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Planning & Policy -- Guardian Digital is pleased
to provide Behind the Shield readers with informative expert
advice on what network security really means. Each month a
new topic of interest will be chosen to supply you with useful
tips and information not offered elsewhere. This month, we'll
have a brief discussion on the necessity of security planning
and establishing a security policy for your users.
risk and making practical decisions before installing any
system is the best approach to security planning. You can
go a long way towards providing good security planning by
establishing a strong security policy. A security policy is
a written document that outlines exactly what is and is not
permitted behavior when using the system. Once written, it
should be reviewed and distributed to all users of the system.
As system capabilities evolve and Internet threats change,
this policy should be periodically updated and redistributed.
No system can be fully secure, but with due diligence and
attention to detail, many security threats can be avoided.
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