When the good old firewall won't cut it anymore


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The main requirement of the IT infrastructure in companies and organizations is to guarantee the ongoing operation. After all, every downtime costs money, can damage a company's reputation and, in the worst case, plays into the hands of competitors. Ransomware, Trojans or malware that sneaks into IT systems unnoticed over a long period of time can cause considerable damage, lead to data loss and severely impair day-to-day business operations. The aim of modern IT security is therefore to stop unwanted intruders as early as possible and to detect possible weak points by means of state-of-the-art security technologies (Next Generation - NG) and security tests. At the same time, backup and recovery strategies ensure data availability and integrity in the event of an incident.

IT security
in times of clouds and mobile devices

The show must go on

There is no doubt that IT security in companies is becoming increasingly important today. Corporate IT systems used to be more or less closed systems and the entry points for viruses, data thieves and malware were thus manageable. Today it is becoming increasingly difficult for companies to completely seal off their own data centre from the outside world. Increasing networking with cloud storage, mobile devices and also interaction with customers via data exchange and online shop systems is common practive but also has risks. These have to be countered with modern IT security.

When the good old firewall is no longer enough

Particularly in less technology-driven industries, it is still common practice to rely on familiar systems such as a firewall and anti-virus programs. The main problem is the active support of these systems. Outdated systems that are not actively maintained represent an easy attack vector for potential malware or hackers. In addition, the risk landscape is constantly changing. Especially cryptolockers or ransomware, which prevent access to customer, product and other data that companies need on a daily basis, threaten the survival of companies. This requires a constantly adapted concept for IT security, which must include not only active support but also regular IT security tests.

Frequently asked questions about cabling

The term structured cabling refers to the cabling within and between buildings. It is thus the basis of modern IT infrastructure and for systems that are intended for the transmission of data. It is usually divided into primary, secondary and tertiary cabling. structured cabling refers to the cabling within and between buildings. It is thus the basis of modern IT infrastructure and for systems that are intended for the transmission of data. It is usually divided into primary, secondary and tertiary cabling.

Forward planning is an essential point in all cabling issues. This enables future-proof structures and prevents subsequent changes, additions and unplanned replacement of parts of the network. Structured cabling is hierarchical and uses star and tree topologies. The layout of all components must be adapted to the requirements of modern networks (switched networks). Therefore, planning includes not only cables but also components such as cables, connectors, junction boxes and patch panels. These must be insensitive to interference, guarantee secure transmission and include redundant lines.

The primary area comprises the cabling of buildings at one location to each other. This area includes cables from site distributors to distributors in buildings as well as the building distributors and the cables between the building distributors. Since large distances have to be covered here, fiber optics (multi- or single mode) are particularly used, since a high transmission rate (bandwidth) with very good attenuation (shielding) can be achieved here. For shorter distances copper cables are still in use.

This area covers the cabling of the floors of a building to each other. The floors within buildings are connected, i.e. from the building distributor to the distributors on the floors. Depending on the requirements, fibre optic or copper cables are also used here.

This area is also called floor cabling, because cabling is done within the floors of a building. The floor distributors are connected to the individual junction boxes. So usually the cable goes from a patch panel to junction boxes in the wall, in a cable duct or in a floor tank with an outlet. Fibre optic cables are usually used here as well.

What is penetration testing?

This IT security test is an essential component of modern IT security. It simulates a hack attack on the company IT systems in order to find and eliminate weak points. The reporting of such a test is an important basis for further measures to improve your IT security. Regular testing with different threat scenarios can gradually strengthen the protection of critical systems. ABAX will gladyl help you keepig your security systems up to date.

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