Your network connects your business with crucial partners, stakeholders and customers. As you move more of your operations, CRM and communication into the digital realm, you also increase your risk. Every piece of data that moves across your network has a value associated with it and cybercriminals are working around-the-clock to find weaknesses in your connectivity solution. This guest blog from our partners at QTS details four ways to assess your network security:

Identify your connectivity needs and what type of connectivity supports those needs.
Different types of environments require different types of connections. Depending on the nature of the data you are transferring, you may be considering whether an Internet connection, Ethernet connection or private connection is right for your IT needs. It is vital that you understand what type of security protection is offered by whichever connectivity solution you choose. Additionally, your security and compliance requirements may require your data be separated from other IP traffic.

Utilize an Anti-DDoS solution to protect against malicious traffic.
Distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks are increasing in frequency. Citing Gartner’s forecast that the number of connected devices will reach 20.7 billion by 2020, SC Magazine predicts “the threat of DDoS attacks from increasingly sophisticated IoT botnets will only grow.” An advanced Anti-DDoS solution is crucial to keeping malicious traffic from overwhelming your system. This solution adds a higher level of security while eliminating the undesired costs associated with overages from malicious traffic.

Ensure your connection is monitored 24x7x365.
As you move highly valuable, mission-critical data across your network, you’ll want an expert team monitoring those connections and ensuring any problems are quickly identified and resolved. In addition to ensuring your network’s performance is optimized, around-the-clock monitoring is necessary to assess vulnerabilities, identify threats and neutralize any malicious traffic.

Make sure your security protocols are set up to protect from internal and external intrusion.
Your security strategy must factor in both external and internal factors. While cybercriminals are working hard to penetrate your defenses, internal actors are actually responsible for the majority of breaches. The Harvard Business Review recently highlighted the fact that organizational insiders are responsible for 60% of all cyberattacks (and three-quarters of those internal parties acted with malicious intent). Your security strategy should feature both physical and logical protections that include perimeter security, active monitoring, data encryption and two-factor authentication, penetration tests and instruction detection.

Network security must be a top IT and organizational priority. The costs associated with downtime, compromised data and damaged reputation are often severe. Now’s the time to assess how secure your connections are.