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Consider It: Full Lifecycle System Security

When designing or expanding an IT network, budgets and deadlines can cause significant pressure. And that pressure can lead to details being overlooked in favor of a functional, finished product.

In some cases, it might be possible to tweak the design later, with minimal rework or added cost. However, overlooking certain cyber security factors can often cause fundamental flaws that require a complete overhaul or extensive rework. Rather than coming in on time and within budget, these hastily implemented infrastructure build-outs end up costing more than they should.

Failure to consider full lifecycle system security can easily become the Achilles Heel in a network. As IT departments struggle to react to threats and get a handle on existing intrusions, the organization faces a difficult decision: invest in the necessary structural fixes to improve security or continue to spend money on inefficient cyber defense practices and risk a costly breach.

Cyber security impacts just about every aspect of network design, and problems can arise from many sources. Some of the most deeply rooted issues include:

  • Layout: The network topology and placement of hosts have wide-ranging impacts on security. Flaws in the security of the structure can result in an extensive redesign. Logical groupings of users and trust rules for different parts of the network are one part of this consideration.
  • Hardware and software: Aside from the hardware tools integrated specifically for cyber security, hardware configuration, maintenance and disposal are major considerations in designing a security optimized network. Software tools for network access and operation are also critical, and overlooking secure design can be a costly mistake.
  • Security operations: Oftentimes, security procedures are divided across various teams touching different parts of a company’s network. This can create conflicts in security rules and inefficiency in monitoring and real-time response.

It can be difficult to examine every aspect of cyber security during the network development process. However, hiring an experienced cyber security consultant that understands network design can be a cost-effective way to ensure you’re covering all or your bases.

Lunarline has helped protect some of the most technologically advanced government and private organizations in the United States. Our solutions cover the entire development lifecycle to help you get security properly integrated from the start. For more information about us, and our three-pronged approach to cyber security, visit Lunarline.com or contact us today.

About Spence Witten

Spence has somehow survived ten years at start-ups and small businesses without suffering a (major) nervous breakdown. As Lunarline's Director of Federal Sales, Spence actually loves working on proposals. If there were any doubt, this is proof that he is in fact certifiably insane. While his title says "Sales" Lunarline doesn't let him off that easy. We make him do real work, too. Luckily he's a recognized subject matter expert in security policy and loves helping clients navigate their way around tricky security compliance standards. He's also been known to lead a software development initiative or two, though that pretty much always ends poorly for everyone involved. He can be reached at spence.witten@lunarline.com.