Network Security is an organization’s strategy and provisions for ensuring the security of its assets and of all network traffic. Network security is manifested in an implementation of security policy, hardware, and software. For the purposes of this discussion, the following approach is adopted in an effort to view network security in its entirety:
Most definitions of network security are narrowed to the enforcement mechanism. Enforcement concerns analyzing all network traffic flows and should aim to preserve the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of all systems and information on the network. These three principles compose the CIA triad:
Confidentiality - involves the protection of assets from unauthorized entities
Integrity - ensuring the modification of assets is handled in a specified and authorized manner
Availability - a state of the system in which authorized users have continuous access to said assets.
The concept of defense in depth is observed as a best practice in network security, prescribing for the network to be secured in layers. These layers apply an assortment of security controls to sift out threats trying to enter the network:
Access control
Malware detection
File type filtering
URL filtering
Content filtering
These layers are built through the deployment of firewalls, intrusion prevention systems (IPS), and antivirus components. Among the components for enforcement, the firewall (an access control mechanism) is the foundation of network security.
Providing CIA of network traffic flows was difficult to accomplish with previous technologies. Traditional firewalls were plagued by controls that relied on port/protocol to identify applications—which have since developed evasive characteristics to bypass the controls—and the assumption that IP address equates to a user’s identity.
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