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Ransomware continues to have a significant impact in 2023. While Lockbit 3.0 remains the most predominate ransomware, there are many other variants seen in the wild today. Understanding the trends of the past and current developments helps to prepare defenses against such attacks.

Plan Your Network:
Start with a well-thought-out network design that meets your current needs and allows for scalability. Consider factors like network topology, IP addressing, and subnetting.

Segmentation:
Divide your network into segments or VLANs (Virtual LANs) based on function or security requirements. Implement proper access controls and firewall rules between segments.

Security:
Use strong, unique passwords and change them regularly. Employ firewall solutions to protect your network from external threats. Regularly update and patch network devices and software. Implement intrusion detection and prevention systems (IDS/IPS). Use VPNs (Virtual Private Networks) for secure remote access.

Network Monitoring:
Set up network monitoring tools to proactively identify and address issues. Monitor bandwidth usage, device performance, and security events.

Backup and Redundancy:
Regularly back up network configurations and critical data. Implement redundancy for critical network components (e.g., dual power supplies, redundant links) to minimize downtime.

Documentation:
Maintain comprehensive documentation of your network, including network diagrams, configurations, and inventory. Document IP addresses, device roles, and contact information for key personnel.

Quality of Service (QoS):
Prioritize network traffic based on application importance. Use QoS settings to ensure critical applications receive sufficient bandwidth.

Cabling and Physical Infrastructure:
Use high-quality, certified cabling and connectors. Keep cables organized and labeled for easy identification and troubleshooting. Ensure proper ventilation and temperature control for network equipment.

Regular Testing and Optimization:
Periodically test your network for vulnerabilities and performance issues. Optimize network performance by analyzing traffic patterns and making necessary adjustments.

User Education:
Train employees or users on basic security practices and how to recognize potential threats like phishing emails.

Compliance and Regulations:

Ensure your network complies with industry regulations and data protection laws, such as GDPR or HIPAA, if applicable.

Change Management:
Implement a change control process to track and approve network changes. Test changes in a controlled environment before deploying them in the production network.

Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity:
Develop a disaster recovery plan to minimize downtime in case of a network failure or data breach. Regularly test your disaster recovery procedures.

Scalability:
Plan for future growth by designing a network architecture that can scale easily.

Regular Auditing:
Conduct regular security and compliance audits to ensure your network remains secure and compliant with industry standards.

Remember that networking best practices may evolve with technology and security threats, so it's essential to stay informed about industry trends and adapt your network accordingly. Regularly review and update your network design and policies to address new challenges and opportunities.

 

 

The field of IT networking is continually evolving, driven by technological advancements and the need to address new challenges. Here are some of the newer trends in IT networking that will get you ready for the future and help with planning your budgets.

 


Network automation and AIOps:
Two closely related concepts in the field of information technology and networking. They both refer to the use of automation and artificial intelligence (AI) technologies to improve the efficiency, reliability, and performance of network operations and management.

Network and security convergence:
The integration of network infrastructure and security measures to create a unified approach that enhances both network performance and security.

Multi-cloud networking:
This refers to the practice of connecting and managing network resources and services across multiple cloud providers, allowing organizations to utilize the strengths of various cloud platforms while maintaining efficient data flow and communication.

Delineation of private 5G and Wi-Fi use cases:
This topic refers to the process of clearly defining and distinguishing the specific scenarios and applications where private 5G networks and Wi-Fi networks are most suitable and effective. It involves identifying the unique strengths, capabilities, and limitations of each technology and determining which one is better suited for different use cases based on factors such as performance, coverage, security, and scalability.

Increased adoption of digital twin technology for networking:
A digital twin is a virtual representation or model of a physical object, system, or process. In the context of networking, a digital twin represents an exact or near-exact replica of a network infrastructure, including all its components, configurations, and behaviors. Digital twins are created using various technologies, including 3D modeling, IoT sensors, data analytics, and simulation software. These virtual replicas allow for real-time monitoring, analysis, and testing of the physical network, enabling better decision-making and optimization.

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Huntington Chamber of Commerce Event Sept, 28th.
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posted: 9/15/2023

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