Where To Focus Your Efforts To Learn Network Security

If you are new to working online or running an ecommerce business and are trying to do as much as possible on your own, there are a few areas you don't want to miss. While there is no need to become an expert in the field of network and online security, it is important to have a good understanding of the foundation or basics concepts.

Trying to learn network security can be complicated, so focus on the key elements. It can be very easy to become bogged down in the terminology and technology. A better option is to learn network security at a basic level and then know when you need to hire an IT professional to help.

This really gives you the best of both worlds until your business is built up enough to bring an IT professional on full time. If you can talk the language and communicate effectively with the consultant, you can determine what you are comfortable with in doing on your own and what needs to be done by an IT professional. This results in less likelihood of gaps in the security that could make your website and network vulnerable to attacks.

Know Your System and Network

One important factor when you learn network security is to learn how your network operates. This means knowing what devices are connected, if the devices are up to date on security upgrades and how open your network may be open to possible security risks.

A simple way to complete a full perspective of the risks present on your system is to use a network security scanner. This is a software program that will identify areas of vulnerability or risk for an attack in the network.

If you are accepting credit or debit cards, this type of vulnerability scan is a requirement by the PCI (Payment Card Industry) in their Data Security Standards. For those companies or individuals using an SSL certificate from Comodo, we offer a free one-year vulnerability scanning service that meets the requirements of the PCI Data Security Standards.

Understand the Importance of Cryptography

While websites can be protected with SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) and TLS (Transport Layer Security) products, there is also protection for emails. For any type of corporation, business or organizations protecting the information sent in emails is just as important as protecting customer or client data sent via websites.

When taking the time to learn network security, learn about the use of Public Key Infrastructure. This includes Public Key Cryptography in combination with SSL/TLS certificates from trusted a Certificate Authority.

This third party protection and verification by the Certificate Authority is where the trust comes from and what makes Public Key Infrastructure universally accepted. With the use of both the certificate and the public and private keys for encryption and decryption emails and attachments can be sent securely and even digitally signed to determine if any tampering or changes occurred after the digital signature.

Hash functions, which convert the plain text into a fixed length hash message based on the specific text are considered to be the optimal option in secure emails. This also allows for contracts and other documents to be sent via email and digitally signed while still remaining legal and binding documents recognized in a court of law.

Understanding New Technology and Network Security

New ways to access, store and retrieve or transmit information through different software applications and programs may also have specific network security concerns.

Taking the time to learn network security risks for specific programs or applications and how they will work with your existing SSL/TLS products will also be important. This not only prevents you from possibility compromising your existing security but also to avoid adding a lot of extra components, software or hardware that may not be necessary, effective or secure.

For those trying to cover the basics, start with the simple tasks of security data from your website and securing your emails. At the same time complete a network security scan and generate a report of high risk areas on the network, then starting from the highest risk factors through to lower risk.

Using the Comodo knowledgebase and the articles in the resource section can be very helpful with regards to SSL/TLS products as well as our PKI digital certificates for email. Of course, our staff is here to answer your questions in person at +1 888 266 6361 or through our Live Chat on the website at https://www.instantssl.com.

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