Security Solutions Should Enable, Not Disable Users

Users demand convenience in this age of the internet. From accessing information, selling and buying online, handling money, booking services and many more, the internet has realized this convenience for its users. This has made networks valuable assets, especially for data, and consequently a target to cyber-attacks. 

To counter these attacks, several network security solutions have been developed to help create a secure environment. These solutions include cloud security, intrusion detection, and prevention systems (IDS/IPS), network behavior analysis, web filtering and many more. As threats continue to evolve, security solutions attempt to adapt to the changing threats. However, some solutions may hinder seamless usage of network systems. 

Inconveniencing users

In securing networks, preventing vulnerabilities or recovering from attacks often disrupts normal operations of networks. More critically, while trying to detect threats, security solutions encounter new operations that may be flagged, pending verification of their safety to the network. Despite working to protect the networks, these solutions slow the operations pending authorization of access for the suspicious event. 

Downtime caused by the flagging of suspicious network events may deny users access to various network services. Commonly, email and payment services providers may lock users out of access to their accounts. This inconvenience though working to secure the user from the potential attack may be costly to businesses, leading to huge financial losses for businesses and customers. In some cases, the potential for a threat during this downtime is highly likely making it riskier for network users to access network operations. 

Productive Network Solutions

Security solutions are incorporated in network systems to protect and enhance the usage of the network services. Efficient security solutions work to limit the downtime and enhance the experience of network users. More firms, institutions, and governments are moving to focus on productive cybersecurity appliances that enable all-round security from servers, cloud, hardware and more network components. 

Such appliances adopt the latest artificial intelligence technology algorithms to learn the dynamics in threats and develop efficient counteractive measures. These solutions enable users to work securely from any location. Remote network security solutions limit delays that may result from a response to network vulnerabilities. Proactive network security solutions propel positive user experience by enhancing detection, prevention or otherwise recovery from cyber-attacks. 

Rethinking Security Solutions

More operations are currently done over networks, increasing the probability of various network security threats on these networks. Despite shifting intensities of cyber-attacks, still old tactics like phishing are a menace to network security. Users are the most vital component of the network; they realize the productivity of a network, just like customers to a business. While developing network solutions, user experience should also remain at the core of these advancements, creating an enabling environment characterized by easy-but-secure network access and usability.