Network Segmentation for Data Security

Data security breaches are becoming more commonplace and something we read about with regularity.  Whether it was Equifax, Uber, Verizon or even voter data, it seemed we couldn’t go long without hearing about another massive breach.

One of the commonalities among the data breaches we’ve read about over the past year is their scale.  When you see a number that reaches the hundreds of millions of compromised files, it’s hard to imagine that a compromised tablet or single log-in could lead to so much carnage.

Hackers don’t always have to head straight for the data they’re hoping to obtain.  It makes sense that they would use the path of least resistance.  In many organizations, this could be something considered to be low value, but with access associated with it that could cause much more far reaching damage.  Believe it or not, something as simple as the office printer can be a ripe target for illegally obtaining data.  Just last year a hacker got into 150,000 printers to show just how easily they can be accessed.

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As HealthCare IT News points out, the best way to prevent a security breach is to understand your weaknesses.  You need to understand where there are points of entry that extend far beyond the business need of those with access.

Segmentation allows for the proper access to go to the right people, improved performance, and most importantly, stronger containment.  It not only limits the scope of potential security breaches, but any day to day network issues as well.

Luckily, at Extract we know the importance of segmentation, and how it might have bearing on your workflows.  This is why we offer both enterprise-wide and departmental solutions, so your various segments can focus on what is important to them.  We appreciate the structure of your business may be set up in segments which is why we created a solution to accommodate that.

About the Author: Chris Mack

Chris is a Marketing Manager at Extract with experience in product development, data analysis, and both traditional and digital marketing.  Chris received his bachelor’s degree in English from Bucknell University and has an MBA from the University of Notre Dame.  A passionate marketer, Chris strives to make complex ideas more accessible to those around him in a compelling way.