Information plays a significant role in sustaining the success of an entity by facilitating innovation and opportunities for the creation of a competitive edge. The increasing growth in the formation of communication and information technologies has increased the desire for material sharing and data exchange. However, the incorporation of the internet in the computer system has led to unauthorized access of informative materials by unauthorized personnel (Roozbahani and Azad 2576). As such, cybersecurity is a dynamic concept deduced by the impacts of the current domestic and international threats enhancing the need to protect networks to avert intrusion.
Methods to Enhance Security of Information in the Organization
Integration of the Encryption Method. Encryption is a process that encodes simple, informative materials and makes it hard for an unauthorized person to understand and interpret. Currently, the technology industry is filled with numerous encryption algorithms, private and open key encryption, and coded messages (Roozbahani and Azad 2579). The system is classified into two: the symmetric and asymmetric encryption. The symmetric method allows the receiver and conveyer of the message to decide on the private key that is not recognized by other individuals.
Layered Protection. Layered protection is the integration of different security techniques to certify that all the safety systems are of different levels (Roozbahani and Azad 2579). As such, the method safeguards the network from unauthorized entry and blocks all the ways that one can be used to access organizational data.
Penetration Test. A penetration test is where an organization performs an investigation and determines areas in the security systems that are susceptible to intrusion. The test is categorized into two segments: internal and external penetration. The internal penetration involves the process of assessing the weak and vulnerable part of the information system through the use of the firm’s internal network (Roozbahani and Azad 2579). The external exploration entails the application of remote networks without physical appearance to determine the vulnerability of the security system.
Role of Firewalls, Intrusion Detection, and Antivirus Systems in Promoting Security (150)
Firewalls. Firewalls are mainly used in the computers to avert different forms of network traffic. The technique develops a barricade between the trusted and untrusted networks thereby safeguarding organizational information from wrong use (Imran et al. 3).
Intrusion Detection System (IDS). The IDS is an investigative process that primarily recognizes unwarranted entry to the firm’s computer network or the decrease in the level of its performance. The technique is classified into two categories: host-based and network-based intrusion detection systems. The host-based mainly evaluates the content of the materials found in the operating system whereas the network-based analyzes data in the network communication.
Antivirus System. Antivirus is an essential element in the computer system as it safeguards the devices from incoming risks by destroying and warning of impending threats (Stavova et al. 18). However, constant updating of the antivirus software is required to enhance the continuous protection of the device from viruses such as Trojan.
Security of information is an essential segment in an institution as the process helps in averting unauthorized entry to organization’s materials. Techniques that can be implemented in the company to facilitate the safety of the information include layered protection, penetration test, and message encryption. Both the firewalls and IDS are used to prevent intrusion to the firm’s data in which firewall blocks untrusted network into the system. IDS identify unwarranted access to the computer network while antivirus safeguards the device from impending risks.
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