If you have a network security system, you want to know that the system will be impervious to hackers. However, if your system is inadequate, there are ways that hackers can gain access to your files. With increased interconnectivity over the Internet in recent years, combined with multi-organizational access to security systems that comes from public/private cooperation, network security systems can be just as susceptible to attack as other business systems. Here are a few common ways that hackers try to access network security systems that you can safeguard against.
The most basic way to attempt to hack a security system is to simply guess at the password until you get it right. This is known as a brute-force attack. Since most users will choose passwords that are easy to remember, a hacker can use a simple algorithm to guess at the correct password. However, choosing a complicated password may not be a great solution either, since a complicated password can be easily forgotten. These factors lead to ideal conditions for a brute-force attack.
A packet-sniffer is a computer program that can capture data packets to be used to obtain passwords and other sensitive content. This occurs as the data is being sent from one point to another. The hacker essentially gets in the middle of the exchange and sniffs out the important data as it is being sent. After a hacker gains useful security information, they can send the information along without the user even noticing.
How to Protect Your Network Security System
At this point, you may be wondering what you can do to keep your data safe. Installing a network security system is the first step. After that, you can take extra steps to safeguard your security system, including encrypting your data and authenticating users.
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