In today’s hyper-connected smart buildings, every
network connection is a door into your network. Hackers aren’t picky: Give them
an opening, and they’ll exploit it. The Ponemon Institute says that after
hackers succeed, there is an almost 28 percent chance they’ll do it again in
the following two years.
Would you believe that nearly half of all attacks on
enterprise networks occur on-site by authorized employees or unauthorized
visitors trying to gain access to sensitive data. To avoid unauthorized access,
you need to lock down every layer and secure every point of entry—starting with
your physical layer infrastructure.
traditionally been implemented at the higher, logical layers of the network. As
commercial building networks evolve—becoming more heavily integrated into all
aspects of the enterprise—the physical layer becomes a more attractive target.
There are several good ways you can harden it. One of the best ways
is through active monitoring and detection.
CLICK TO TWEET: Hackers aren't picky. CommScope has tips to keep your physical layer safe.
There was a time, not long ago, when you could set up a
firewall at the perimeter and move on to more pressing issues. That “set it and
forget it” mentality won’t work anymore. The enterprise network is too
expansive and complex. A truly secure network infrastructure must be constantly
monitored and maintained to effectively protect against attack. One of the best ways to accomplish this in the physical layer is
with an automated infrastructure management (AIM) system. An AIM
solution uses intelligent cabling, connectors and patch panels to automatically
monitor the connected environment in real time. Should it automatically detect
an unauthorized device—or an authorized device attempting to access
unauthorized information—the AIM system can automatically alert personnel.
is the differences between Wi-Fi and cellular wireless. In public spaces,
cellular networks have key security advantages versus public Wi-Fi; hacking a 4G
data transmission, while possible, is far more difficult than hacking public
Wi-Fi. In the private enterprise networks, the gap narrows, but there are still
some unique advantages in favor of cellular. Many of these are due to the fact
that security in enterprise cellular networks is the responsibility of the
service provider whereas, with enterprise Wi-Fi, security is up to the network
administrator who typically has fewer resources at their disposal.
Deploying PoE and
powered-fiber technology using Category 6A cabling can also help increase the
resiliency in critical security systems such as IP security cameras and
AIM-based intelligence. The bottom line is vigilance. As the enterprise network becomes more connected, securing
sensitive data becomes more challenging.
For more tips on improving and hardening
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