With the increased threat of hacking and cybercrime, it’s more important today than ever to ensure that your confidential business information is kept safe. Businesses go to great lengths to ensure that data is kept safe from outside parties, but how do you ensure that data is also being protected from inside the organization, especially in a day and age where the likes of tablets, laptops, phones and music players can connect via Wi-Fi?
The answer is managed switches.
So what is a managed switch?
A managed switch is designed to protect your network internally, allowing visitors and devices to connect to your Internet network without giving them access to anything else. There are three types of switches – unmanaged, smart and managed. An unmanaged switch is opening yourself up to potential trouble, but smart and managed switches permit you the security, features and other hardware to – if utilized correctly – keep your data safe.
Some features of managed and smart switches include:
- Embedded security for encrypting network communications, which offer greater protection of confidential data.
- Access control lists, or ACLs, which help guard against network attacks. ACLs also help restrict unapproved users from accessing critical areas of the network.
- Virtual LANS, which work to segment the network into several separate groups.
In this day and age, it’s never safe to assume that your network is safe from an external or internal attack. Even if you have the most advanced firewall, anti-virus or anti-malware software installed, it still might not be enough to protect you from a hacking or cyber theft. And either of the aforementioned could be a recipe for disaster for any business, let alone a business poised for growth. That’s where a network switch comes in handy – advanced protection that works together with existing network security software to keep your company information safer.
Our company buys and sells brand new, refurbished, and used IT equipment of all kinds. Interested in buying a managed switch for your growing business? Contact us. We may also be able to make an offer to purchase your used IT equipment, if you’re replacing any.