Network and Data Security
Network security is a set of principles and practices designed to ensure the security of network traffic and to prevent unauthorized access, misuse, modification, or denial of network accessible resources.
Data security is a set of principles and practices designed to prevent unauthorized modification, destruction or disclosure of digital data.
Why is network and data security important for small businesses?
The effects of network and data attacks can be particularly devastating for a small business. Network and data attacks can come in many forms, including but not limited to: malware and denial of service attacks.
Malware can incapacitate your network in a couple of ways such as replicating and spreading itself across a network, thus consuming valuable bandwidth and slowing the system down, or by installing backdoors for later use by the attacker.
DDoS attacks are another popular method that can result in data loss, corruption of important business mechanics, as well as the slowing down (or potentially stopping of) overall network function. This is why it is so important for small businesses to take proper preventative measures against network attacks, as well as have plans in place to mitigate the attacks in the event they do occur.