Ensuring watertight security and all relevant regulatory compliance for wireless networks is a key challenge for almost every organisation’s IT department because, these days, almost every organisation has a wireless network to manage. As network security rightly becomes an ever more high-profile corporate challenge, and legal and regulatory frameworks such as the GDPR place stricter demands on how networks are managed, it is crucial to take this issue seriously.
Nevertheless, striking the right balance between optimising performance and complying with internal and external regulations can be a delicate matter. Striking this balance necessitates a careful assessment of business goals and objectives, and sometimes complex cost-benefit analyses.
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We have developed a guide to help organisations navigate these challenges, setting out the five keys stages of wireless network management. It covers:
- Network discovery: A phase of due diligence to understand what processes and protections are currently in place, and reviewing potential vulnerabilities against predicted performance. This gets solid foundations in place for a smooth and successful security project.
- Managing access control: A careful consideration of the approaches that the organisation currently takes to determining and managing network access, seeking ways to optimise those approaches. After all, controlling who has access to which parts of the network is a foundational element in securing that network, whilst a great deal of compliance depends on being able to ascertain and audit who has accessed what.
- Rationalising wireless network structure: This step focuses on identifying and fixing potential vulnerabilities caused by legacy networks. Many large organisations have unused networks which have been organically replaced over the years, but never properly removed – and, in turn, this can cause significant security and compliance problems.
- Addressing Network Health: This focuses on eliminating bottlenecks and redundancy across the wireless network, therefore optimising performance and the overall security profile. Firewalls, access points and other filters are prevented from being overloaded.
- Implementing wireless network audits: Once the compliance and security standards and processes across your organisation have been rationalised and optimised, you need to build regular audits and reviews into your ongoing operations. These audits need to ensure three crucial factors: the correct implementation of standards; the effective recording of security processes and wireless access; and the regular updating of security and compliance processes in line with new threats.
If you would like to explore these stages in more detail, why not download the complete white paper? It helps your organisation strike the right balance between network speed and performance, and security and compliance interventions, building precisely the right approach to for your business. Click HERE to download the whitepaper.