Networking & Security
Networks are at the core of everything we do, from connectivity and infrastructure to providing the fabric to deploy and access apps from wherever they may reside.
We have the experience and expertise to ensure that your infrastructure is perfectly suited to your business, and we’re committed to maintaining its integrity and security.
Modern networks have changed almost beyond recognition when compared with those of the past, which were really nothing more than a sharing repository. Contemporary intranets have many different parts such as more social elements, shared workspaces, CMSs, CRMs, and more. And of course, networks can now either be hosted in the cloud, be hybrid in that some of the infrastructure is onsite and some in the cloud, or fully be hosted on the premises.
Today, networks reflect the diversity and mobility of the modern workforce. Collaboration is improved through powerful communications such as video and IP telephony and this enables a higher level of productivity. Mobile can be managed through the network using mobile device management (MDM) software and this allows for a more agile workforce. Remote working too is becoming increasingly popular thanks to the ease with which staff can connect to the network from anywhere with an internet connection using cloud offerings such as hosted desktop.
Software defined networking is a new approach to designing, building and maintaining networks and is allowing businesses to accelerate app deployment and delivery, whilst dramatically reducing capital expenditure through policy-enabled workflow automations. When used with the cloud, SDN enables automated, on-demand, scalable app delivery and mobility.
The modern threat landscape is constantly evolving and it is essential that this is taken seriously at Board level with an appropriate budget assigned to effectively deal with threats. Regardless of business size, network protection should be high on every company agenda as the incidence of attacks has risen sharply in recent years.
Many businesses believe they’re not big enough to warrant being hacked or targeted with malware but as John Chambers, Cisco’s Chairman and CEO, commented:
NTT Group’s Global Threat Intelligence Report found that many businesses fail to implement even the most basic security controls. Often the weakest point of security lies with end users being exposed to daily threats like phishing, and other issues such as software patches not being implemented. Applying remote monitored, layered intelligence solutions and robust on-site security assists in mitigating this threat before it reaches the end user. Autodata can ensure that your infrastructure is constantly monitored and protected.
Global Threat to Business
Research from the Centre for Strategic and International Studies found that cybercrime costs the global economy around $445 billion each year. Modern threats are increasingly sophisticated and designed to do everything possible to avoid detection. Cybercrime is an issue that requires a strategic approach offering layered protection. However, given the current threat landscape, more advanced protection is often necessary. New threat intelligence solutions detect, analyse and protect systems against known as well as emerging threats to ensure a robust security setup.
The adoption of the cloud was somewhat slowed by concerns surrounding security, but the technology has matured enough now to the extent that it’s trusted. Of course, this doesn’t mean that security in the cloud is not something you should pay attention to, it is. In order to ensure that your organisation remains protected, it’s necessary to demand transparency from suppliers and to pay careful attention to the service level agreement (SLA) which sets out responsibility.
Choosing what data to host or store in the cloud is also important, as is the level of encryption used by your supplier. At Autodata, we work with you to identify what data should be kept out of the cloud and which suppliers are best suited to your needs to provide you with:
- Strong encryption
- A robust disaster recovery plan
- Secure APIs
- A properly designed multitenant cloud service database
Recent research has found that unauthorised shadow IT spending now accounts for a quarter of IT budgets as spending becomes increasingly dispersed throughout organisations. A BT survey discovered that almost 75% of CIOs are concerned about security and as a result, security spends have increased with the average yearly cost reaching £160,849 more.
At Autodata, we work with you to identify the use of shadow IT with a view to eliminating or incorporating in a more formal fashion so that security can be tightened and the spend reduced.
PCI DSS Compliance
Businesses required to comply with regulations such as PCI DSS (Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard) can find themselves on the end of a hefty fine or even have their ability to take card payments withdrawn if their security and backup procedures falter.
The network security-threat landscape is one that’s ever evolving. At the cutting edge are custom-written, stealthy threats that evade traditional security perimeter defences. With this in mind, it’s essential to deploy threat intelligence that detects, analyses and protects against both known and emerging threats – Autodata and its partners help you to do this.