Most folks don’t think about the day to day jobs of network security administration. There’s actually quite a bit to do. Some of the basics include making sure that active directory is kept up to date. This means that all users coming or going need to have new accounts created or shut down. Active unused accounts can be a security risk and should be terminated immediately. When a user leaves the organization their accounts should be shut down immediately to cut off access to sensitive data.
In addition, all data on the network should be administered on a need to know basis. That means that users should have permissions that limit their access to just the data they need to do their job. This ensures maximum security but creates a constant need for permissions management.
There are also tasks such as updating the firmware on all network devices to ensure hardware-level network security and log management. Log management is required for many types of compliance. In simple terms they want you to keep a record of all changes that happen on your servers and network in log form. This is generally for a set time frame like 7 years. Logs can take up a significant amount of space, and typically require some basic management to ensure that only the necessary ones are being kept. Logs should also be reviewed on a regular basis to ensure security and compliance.
Most compliance audits will look at all of these factors and more. The experts at i.t.NOW stand ready to answer your security questions and take the burden of compliance off of your heavily laden shoulders. Call us today to see how we make IT Security look easy.
Network Security Administration
Controlling permissions on a need to know basis is best practice for network security. We can ensure that permissions are administered in a compliant and secure manner.
Active Directory Administration
New users need to be created, and old ones need to be terminated. To keep your network secure this has to be done in a timely manner and kept up to date.
Keeping firmware up to date on your firewalls and switches is an important element of network security. We take the hassle out of keeping things up to date.
Managing logs can be a drag, but it’s needed for most types of security compliance. i.t.NOW can help to manage logs and automate routine IT tasks.