A PRACTICAL GUIDE FOR BETTER SECURITY
What if network security were as much about your bottom line as it is about deterring threats? A security plan
that addresses your critical business concerns – customer confidence, data integrity, increased productivity, and
cost savings – will give you the business advantage by thoroughly targeting security fissures at their source: the
people and their processes.
Practical security is all about finding the right balance between protecting your business interests and resources,
and letting people get their jobs done. Everyone is aware of the threats. Establishing a network security strategy
is only feasible, however, if you understand that the biggest obstacles you’ll grapple with may well come from
within your organization.
As you read through this paper, it will help you to keep a few things in mind:
This paper is geared towards the small- to mid-sized enterprise.
Not all recommendations in this paper are for everyone. In fact, depending on your specific needs, you
may just want to ignore some of them.
You will derive some benefit from these recommendations even if you only partially implement them.
Don’t be put off by the size of the job – take small steps and keep moving towards the goal of thorough
Realize that you’ll never reach that goal. No company anywhere is 100% successful in maintaining a
perfectly secure, perfectly functioning network all of the time. Keep your eye on the destination; it’s a
good and worthy goal, even if you never reach it.
Only you can determine what’s best for your company. Good advice is great to have, but ultimately
you need to make the final decisions, and take responsibility for them.
If you’re just starting out, don’t be daunted by the apparent complexity of the task. Remember that if
you are smart enough to be reading this paper, you are smart enough to begin to implement its
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