Essential Steps to Network Architecture

Essential Steps to Network Architecture

Written by Scott Hall on . Posted in Infrastructure Management, IT News

Everyone has seen security checkpoints at the airport. They ensure that only those people who belong at the gate can reach them, and also that there are no bad actors on airplanes. But why are there so many gates? Luckily, they’re labelled in a sequential and logical fashion. So at the airport, multiple security checkpoints keep things safe, locked doors ensure I can’t enter areas I don’t belong, and accurate labelling helps direct everyone to where they need to be, safely.

Network segmentation works similar to security checkpoints and gates on network traffic.

So what is network segmentation?

In very short terms, network segmentation is the concept of taking a computer network and breaking it down, both logically and physically, into multiple smaller fragments. Physical segmentation involves breaking down a network into smaller physical components. It involves investing in additional hardware such as switches, routers, and access points.

While physical segmentation can seem like the easy approach to breaking up a network, it’s often costly and can lead to unintended issues. Think about having two Wi-Fi access points right beside each other, each broadcasting different SSIDs. This would be inefficient and cause many conflicts.

Logical segmentation is the more popular method of breaking a network into manageable chunks. Usually, logical segmentation doesn’t require new hardware, provided the infrastructure is already managed. Instead, logical segmentation uses concepts already built into network equipment, like creating separate virtual local area networks (VLANs) that share a physical switch, or dividing different asset types into different subnets and using a router to pass data between the individual subnets.

Segment a network to achieve the following:

Enhanced Security

By ensuring different groups of devices pass through a firewall, you can apply access control lists to the traffic and enable the concept of least privilege. It also allows the traffic to be inspected by security tools for potential threats. In a world where nothing ever went wrong, there’d be no need to contain a breach or attack. But the reality is that attackers can affect an entire network, unless they’re limited to a local subnet. And when things do go wrong, segmentation significantly reduces your mean time to resolution by narrowing the focus area of your troubleshooting and protection efforts.

Increased performance

Smaller subnets mean fewer devices on each subnet. Fewer devices mean you can build and enforce more granular policies, like access rules, and file permissions. Fewer hosts also mean less traffic and a smaller broadcast domain. Reducing the broadcast domain reduces ‘noise.’ All in, network segmentation contributes to better performance across the entire network and its segments.

Here are some common network segmentation methods:

Creating a guest wireless network

Theoretically a client’s guest network could be both wired and wireless but, almost always, the guest network is primarily wireless. By implementing a new guest SSID and ensuring it’s configured to provide wireless isolation, you’re effectively creating a segment for each user of the guest Wi-Fi, allowing them to see the internet without accessing anything else on the rest of your network.

Creating a voice network

Unlike guest networks that are typically wireless, a voice network is normally wired. Low latency and low jitter are extremely important for voice-over IP phones (VoIP) to get the best call quality, and mixing it with data traffic can reduce that quality. Voice networks are generally segmented into a separate VLAN and use a dedicated IP subnet range, away from routine data traffic.

Separating user groups from services

Does every user need access to the entire network? Should the receptionist in your client’s office be able to pull reports from the accounting system? Probably not. By separating user groups and services into their own segments or subnets, you can create groupings of similar users and services. You can then build data traffic around these groups, ensuring the right people can access the right things.

If you’re experiencing network issues, SOS can help get you where you need to be today.

 

Top Reasons you need a Managed Services Provider

Written by Scott Hall on . Posted in Infrastructure Management, Technology

IT Security With a Managed Services Provider

Although you probably already have standard security measures in place – firewalls and passwords, for instance, proper IT security requires a sophisticated, multi-layered approach.

A managed services provider ensures that you have all of the safeguards in place that you require to protect your data, and remains on the cutting edge of security services because that is our primary focus.

Proactive approach to IT issues.

Rather than reacting to issues as they arise – an IT management style that can lead to data loss, a managed services provider catches a crisis before it begins. Systems monitoring, patch management and a robust help desk means that you’re always out in front of trouble. We see it coming and protect your data.

Superior uptime

Without constant system monitoring, you could experience outages and downtime on your systems, costing you productivity and, in retail services, clients. Our guaranteed SLAs (service level agreements) mean that you can always count on access to your systems. Our helpdesk is available 24/7 when required, which means your technology is too.

Gain access to new technologies

In an ideal world, you’d spend some time each week learning about the innovations that could make your business stronger, but in the real world, you don’t have time for that. This is all we do, and we do it best. Our technicians not only work in IT, they’re interested in it, they’re “tech people” and they know about tech things. When we have a product that will make your business more efficient, we’ll let you know about it.

 

What is Infrastructure Management?

Written by Scott Hall on . Posted in Infrastructure Management

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Just as we must care for our physical world, we must care for our technological one. But, what is infrastructure management, especially when applied to business?

For all businesses, technology is an important part of its integrity.  You probably rely on the internet almost exclusively for all of your communication, documentation, and production needs.  Now that the world is entirely digital, we need to make sure we’re keeping track of the infrastructure of this electronic world.  Just as we must care for our physical world, we must care for our technological one.  But, what is infrastructure management, especially when applied to business?  Read on to find out.

4 Tips For Your Help Desk and IT Support

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4 Tips For Your Help Desk and IT Support

Give your customers the assistance they deserve.

Customer service can be especially tricky when technical aspects are thrown into the equation. Help desks and IT support teams are constantly fielding phone calls from confused and unhappy customers. In order to assist them in the best ways possible, it is important to have a competent staff of well-trained employees. Here are just a few tips on how you can improve your help desk and technical support.

Signs of Commercial Theft and How to Prevent It

Written by SOS Tech Group on . Posted in Blog, Infrastructure Management, Security

risk of theft

Whenever someone enters your property, there is always a risk of theft.

Commercial theft is one of the biggest problems plaguing businesses throughout the country. Whenever someone enters your property, there is always a risk of theft. If you are concerned about commercial theft at your office building, here are some tips for preventing it from occurring.

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