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Planning and Visibility: A Must For Network Health-Part 2

July 1, 2014

It’s no wonder corporate networks remain just as—if not, more—vulnerable to failure and compromise than ever before. Seventy-eight percent of initial breaches into corporate networks were described as “relatively easy,” according to data from a recently conducted Verizon study.

Between motivated attackers, human errors and dysfunctional or archaic infrastructures, a corporate network can go down, and stay down, leaving a significant dent in revenue and productivity levels. So if IT managers know this, why aren’t they executing a foolproof, fully baked defense strategy? According to research from IBM, over half of IT security practitioners lack a formal strategy to govern their network data.

It’s time to sharpen your network security strategy, and that involves network monitoring and visibility solutions. Over 60 percent of compromised incidents took months, if not longer, to discover—up from 55 percent in 2011 and 41 percent in 2010, also according to Verizon’s findings.

There are plenty of solutions at one’s disposal for countering network liability; There are today several sources for TAPs and aggregation TAPs which can support 1G, 10G and 40G networks which can provide complete network visibility.  however, a bypass switch should without question be one of the top tools to support your strategy.

Why a Bypass Switch?

Bypass switch technology is an easily installable solution. If your network goes down unexpectedly or needs to be shut down for any reason (for example, if your network gets hacked or compromised by an outside party and needs to be manually shut down) the solution will re-route traffic while the system is worked on to ensure a seamless flow of traffic. More advanced solutions will also provide remote Web manageability and 1G, 10G and 40G support.

Network vulnerability is easier and more common than ever before; you simply can’t operate without a plan. Be sure to include a bypass switch when strategizing to ensure the continuity of your company’s network.