5 Tools to Be Used in to Increase Information Security
Information security is a universal responsibility. Regardless of whether you are a user, an administrator, an IT manager or a business owner, you should always remember about security. For companies, the information collected and used is of great importance, so they must be well prepared for security threats, increasing the degree of security of their information. In this article, we will talk about 5 tools that need to be applied in the field of information security.
Network Vulnerability Scanners
Vulnerability scanners are the programs designed to access computers, networks, applications, and computer systems to identify vulnerabilities. They can be used either as part of vulnerability assessment or for malicious purposes by people attempting to gain unauthorized access.
One of the most popular and widely used scanners is OpenVAS, a free fork of commercial OpenVAS.
OpenVAS is considered to be one of the best scanners available for use on the web. The main advantages of this scanner are: the ability to conduct remote and local security checks, built-in scripting language, which gives you the ability to write your own plug-ins, as well as a web interface.
Among the options included in all versions of the scanner, are as follows:
- Vulnerability Scanning
- Audit configurations
- Malware detection
- Scanning Web Applications
- Scan Schedule
There are more advanced options that can be used depending on the need for thorough scanning. “OpenVAS” can work in any environment, from the local network to cloud or hybrid solutions.
Vulnerability scanners come in various types, such as:
- ERP Security Scanners
- Individual tests for vulnerability assessment
- Port Scanners
- Network Vulnerability Scanners
- Web Application Security Scanners
- Local Vulnerability Scanners
Each of these types is part of certain tools included in OpenVAS – it allows you to conduct separate tests to assess vulnerabilities and scan in general.
Intrusion detection and prevention systems (IDS / IPS)
These tools are used on the network to monitor network activity. Any kind of malicious network activity is determined by IDS / IPS and logged into a detailed log. IDS and IPS are not the same tools. Nevertheless, the technology used to detect security problems is the same. The IDS detects and reports, the IPS detects and prevents access by blocking attempts to enter the network. Both tools are at different levels of the network and have different functions and different sets of solved problems.
IPS can be compared to a firewall. Many rules set by IPS operate on the principle of missing or prohibiting, allowing traffic to pass unobstructed through the network or blocking it. There are hundreds of thousands of IPS rules, most of which are prohibitions. When a malicious packet appears, IPS refers to its list of rules.
For many years, Cisco has been providing security technologies to the information network that address the threats of multiple intrusions. Cisco offers a number of IPS devices that are confidently leading the market for network security. Among the technologies recently introduced by Cisco, there are Cisco MARS, ASA 5500 Series IPS, 4200 series sensors, and the IDS Catalyst 6500 series module. Each of these devices offers various security measures in an autonomous intrusion prevention system.
Protection of Email gateways
Incoming and outgoing e-mails are one of the most frequently exploited gateway security risks. Attempts to spam and phishing are the most common ones from the received e-mail messages and need to be scanned and filtered to ensure that protection is not ignored.
You should think about the selection of a product that can ensure the security of your email by scanning all incoming and outgoing messages for malicious intent and generally provide a decent level of security. One of the products that provide messaging transfer gateway is REMSYS PostFW. This technology allows companies to protect their emails in real time from spam and malware. The messaging gateway can capture more than 99% of spam with a very low false positive rate.
This type of protection is ideal for companies that work with a large number of end users, sending and receiving countless letters every day. With this security tool, malicious software distributed via e-mail will be quickly identified and filtered.
Any email is vulnerable to spam and malicious intent, so messaging gateways are tools that all businesses must use to ensure their own security.
If you have several networks connected to the main network, that is, several campuses that connect to the main campus, the load on your network increases, which in turn increases the need for effective management. In this case, you will need a good technology for load balancing to reduce the load by maximizing the use of network resources.
You need to balance network sessions, such as e-mail, web traffic, file transfer, and so on, to distribute the amount of bandwidth that each end user uses over the local network. This, in turn, will generally increase the amount of available bandwidth. For example, session balancing can divide traffic between several sessions. One session can include text, another image, a third video, and so on. Each session can be balanced by several connections.
The technology based on open source software and is a load balancing tool that allows you to balance several applications in accordance with the performance requirements of your network for using virtual machines. This technology also works with mobile networks to provide security and tracking capabilities for your mobile business applications
The load balancer can be checked by performing performance tests. A performance test is a set of criteria by which you can evaluate the performance of a product or system. If you want to evaluate your software for load balancing, then you should conduct comparative tests.
A load balancer can be evaluated by using virtual machines. You can configure one host for your monitoring tool, another for load balancing, and several for your business cluster. Then, you can run the analysis to meet the benchmarking criteria using separate data tables and set a certain amount of disk space for the results.
Automatic Disaster Recovery
Your company should be prepared for unforeseen situations, which can occur at anytime, for example, when you turn off the Internet. A complete network malfunction may occur and the absence of the Internet can lead to a network failure at anytime if you are not ready for it. With automatic disaster recovery, your data is automatically transferred from the inactive Internet provider to another Internet source to optimize productivity.Posted on: August 21, 2017Ana Nichols