The Problem Of Computer Network Security

1222 WordsMar 6, 20155 Pages
Introduction Computer network security has never been as critical as it is today. The news is littered with the widespread incidents of hacking and cyber theft in the financial, entertainment, and retail industries, and more recently in our military. A recent survey, conducted by Kaspersky Lab, a leader in endpoint protection solutions, found that 94% of all companies surveyed experienced a cyber security issue (Kaspersky Lab, 2014). Furthermore, a recent study has found that the average cost of a data breach to a company was $3.5 million, a 15% increase from the previous year (Ponemon Institute, 2014). In this day and age, the cost of a data breach, not only to a company’s bottom line, but to their reputation, would be extensive. Statement of the Problem Recently, Acme Corporation experienced a network compromise which resulted in the possible compromise of the personally identifiable information (PII) of their employees and clients. As a start-up company, many technological issues were overlooked in the interest of getting the business off the ground. Significant emphasis was placed on acquiring the most up-to-date and cutting edge hardware and software, unfortunately, only mediocre consideration was placed on network security. This report will examine the factors that contributed to vulnerability and will identify the solutions that must be undertaken to secure the company network and protect it against future cyber-attacks. Computer Network Security Analysis Forensic
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