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Your network is your business’s lifeline.

A healthy and secure network is critical for seamless communication and operational efficiency. That’s why it’s crucial to proactively identify issues and optimize performance through continuous network security monitoring.

However, as you keep a close watch, you’ll discover many issues lurking beneath the surface. In this blog, we’ll take a look at these hidden challenges and how to tackle them to ensure robust network security.

 

Hidden Challenges of Network Monitoring

Here are some of the challenges that hide in plain sight and impact your business more than you realize:

 

Data Overload

There are various devices and systems connected to a network, and at times they can generate an overwhelming volume of information, slowing down the monitoring process.

The sheer abundance of information makes it challenging to manage, analyze or derive any meaningful insights from the data. In such a situation, you can easily miss out on critical issues that can adversely affect your business.

 

Complexity

Modern networks are complex. Every device, application or system within the network is diverse. Without sophisticated tools and specialized expertise, it would be like solving a puzzle blindfolded.

The best way to deal with this challenge would be to reach out to Databranch who can efficiently streamline the entire monitoring process.

 

Integrations with Legacy Systems

Integrating older legacy systems seamlessly into modern monitoring frameworks can be tough. Failing to properly integrate older tools with current technology can leave visibility gaps and affect the overall performance.

That’s why it’s mission-critical for your business to implement monitoring solutions that not only keep pace with evolving technologies but also seamlessly integrate with older systems as well.

 

Costs

To ensure your network monitoring tools offer peak performance, you must keep up with the latest tech. However, monitoring tools are expensive, and businesses with budget constraints might find themselves vulnerable to the latest cyberthreats.

That’s why Databranch offers a suite of cost-effective managed services that proactively monitor and support your network and technology infrastructure.

 

Scalability

As your business grows, so do the number of devices connected to your network and the volume of data as well. However, if your monitoring tools can’t scale to meet the need, it will adversely affect its ability to provide accurate and timely insights.

To overcome scalability issues, you must invest in monitoring solutions that can expand and keep up with your growing needs.

 

Privacy Concerns

As part of the network monitoring framework, the tools and solutions may record and analyze sensitive data, raising compliance concerns and privacy challenges. The problems related to privacy arise when the network monitoring practices don’t meet compliance standards, leading to legal repercussions and penalties.

That’s why it is a good practice to implement robust security measures, adopt encryption technologies and adhere to relevant privacy regulations. The NIST Cybersecurity Framework is a popular, user-friendly framework that empowers business leaders like you to boost organizational cybersecurity.

Businesses with solid cyber risk management strategies can build formidable cyber defenses, minimize risks, and reduce compliance and privacy concerns.

 

Skill Gaps

To efficiently monitor your network, you need professionals with expertise in network monitoring. However, it can be challenging to hire employees who can achieve results without compromising your business needs.

Databranch provides a 24 x 7 proactive monitoring and alerting service which allows you to take this off your plate and focus on your business needs.

 

Dynamic Environments

A network is like a thriving ecosystem that is constantly evolving, and your network monitoring efforts must stay up to date if you want to stay ahead of potential issues.

To address the challenge of dynamic environments, you must embrace agile monitoring solutions, leverage automation for quicker adjustments and adopt continuous improvement practices.

 

Achieve Sustained Growth

Overcoming your network challenges while ensuring your business runs smoothly can be tough, especially if you have to do it all on your own. Reach out to Databranch today at 716-373-4467 option6, or info@databranch.com if your business needs help. Not only can we secure and optimize your network, but also help your business achieve sustained growth.

Ready to transform your network challenges into opportunities? Download our checklist today to see where you network may need our expertise!

 

Network Wellness Check

Unhealthy networks can expose your business to security breaches and cyberthreats, affecting productivity, customer satisfaction, and competitiveness.

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Keeping sensitive data and critical tech safe from cyberattacks is crucial for businesses like yours. Your survival and growth depend on how well your organization can withstand cyberthreats. That’s where cyber risk management comes into play.

Businesses with solid cyber risk management strategies can build formidable cyber defenses and reduce risks without compromising business growth. Besides enhancing security, it also ensures your business stays compliant.

In this blog, we’ll share the core principles of cyber risk management and show you how integrating it with a simple but effective security framework can help you achieve strategic success.  

 

Key Characteristics of Risk-Based Cybersecurity

Risk-based cybersecurity helps organizations focus their efforts and resources on the most critical risks. This approach aims to reduce vulnerabilities, safeguard what matters most to you and ensure you make informed decisions.

Here are the key characteristics of risk-based cybersecurity:

Risk reduction: By proactively identifying and neutralizing threats, you can reduce and minimize the potential impact of a cyber incident.

Prioritized investment: By identifying and assessing risks, you can concentrate your investment efforts on areas that need your attention most.

Addressing critical risks: Dealing with the most severe vulnerabilities first can help you strengthen your business security. That is why it is important to conduct vulnerability assessments regularly, at least every quarter if not more frequently. 

All Databranch Comprehensive Care and Foundation Security clients have scheduled automatic patching and Windows updates on their devices to assist with vulnerability management. Visit us here to learn how we can help take this off your IT plate.

 

Cyber Risk Management Frameworks

Cybersecurity risk frameworks act as a guide that helps businesses achieve the full potential of a risk-based approach. Here are several ways frameworks can help you enhance your current cybersecurity posture:

  • Takes away the guesswork and give businesses a structured way to assess their current cybersecurity posture.
  • Helps organizations systematically focus their investments on addressing the most critical and relevant risks.
  • Provides organizations with the right guidance that helps build security, which is crucial for building customer trust.
  • Are built using controls that have been tried and tested. They essentially help businesses implement effective security controls.
  • Designed to help organizations achieve compliance with government and industry regulations.

 

NIST Cybersecurity Framework

The National Institute of Standards and Technology Cybersecurity Framework (NIST CSF) is a popular, user-friendly framework that empowers business leaders like you to boost organizational cybersecurity. Think of it as a valuable tool created by top security experts to help you protect and secure your digital assets.

Here’s how the NIST CSF supports a risk-based approach:

  • It helps you understand your risk by identifying what is most valuable to you.
  • It gives you a high view of people, processes, technology, information and other business-critical aspects that need to be secured from threats so your business can operate successfully.
  • It helps you prioritize your risks based on their impact on your business.
  • It helps you allocate your resources where they matter most and ensures you maximize your investment.
  • It promotes continuous monitoring and helps you adapt to evolving threats.

 

Secure your Future

Safeguarding your business from cyberthreats is critical for the survival and growth of your business. Don’t leave your business security to chance. Partnering with Databranch as your managed IT provider, means your business will have the security of knowing that your network is being monitored and maintained on a 24/7 basis.

Download our infographic, “Assess Your Cyber-Risks in 7 Critical Steps,” and strengthen your defenses against lurking cyber dangers.

 

Assess Your Cyber-Risk in 7 Critical Steps

In today’s ever-evolving threat landscape, fortifying your business against cyber-risks is paramount.

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