What is Network Security? Predators & Victims

Computer Network Security: The Basics

Let us first get done and dusted with what the term “computer network” means, and from then on it will be easier to deduce what the phrase “computer network security” means as a whole. As anybody who has been acquainted with a primary school computer text book will know, a computer network is created when a couple of computers get connected by this measure or that, and start functioning as a team of computers (think a computer with many limbs, an octo-computer!) with one center that is responsible for the focal work. Now it is when such a system of computers faces a threat that a network security threat is said to be generated, and those are very common as of today. Network security, on the other hand, is ensured when the network in question is taken to task and its hardware and software put to preventive measures so as to avoid its being breached and accessed by parties that do not have a right to be included in the network. When a network security threat is countered and repelled, a safe platform for computer systems is generated where networks can go on functioning in peace and harmony.

How did it All Start?

Network security is not so much a phenomenon as a cohesive, comprehensive subject that needs to be studied and practiced and can only be dictated by a seasoned, professional hand. It started with the onslaught of network security threats, when earlier versions of computer networks started being breached and accessed by third parties, the same as the spreading of the first computer worm in 1989, when the people of the world first became aware of the threat their computer systems face. Hence once networking users started realizing their collective network of computers faced great risks and dangers they took to preventive measures in order to counter these attacks, measures that would later on go to evolve into network security.

Who are the Potential Victims Facing Network Security Threats?

The most vulnerable of course are the computers functioning in the network – but it goes beyond that. Every computer system that is a part of these networks is likely to have some personal biodata of its own as well, and that information too is immediately at risk should a computer network fall prey to a threat.

Who are the Predators in these Threats?

There is no pinning down who the concrete culprit behind these criminal acts could be, but it is easy to speculate who would waste such a prime amount of time in trying to break into other people’s systems and trying to access information that is of no use to them. Either it is rival companies (or states, or firms, or organizations, or what-you-will) who are trying to get into the depths of their opponent’s complexities, or it could be something even more sinister – such as cyber terrorists trying to serve some twisted personal agenda through the crime or a lone wolf trying to get at something perhaps for himself or for someone else. The culprit could be anyone – from an average Joe to a mobster, but he will have to be extremely well-versed in the ways of IT.

How important is Network Security to Organizations?

Organizations must place network security as their topmost priority since most organizations work in terms of networks and thus a complex mesh is created which contains crucial and confidential information. The integrity and safety of the organization is at risk, and more than this their identity and long term plans are both at risk should such an attempt prove to be successful. Organizations need to exercise constant vigilance where network security is involved – if no, it is like a cancer cell that grows and grows and eventually takes over the network.

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