If you do not have a really excellent network security platform, you may want to consider the following. During the fiscal year 2011, the United States government spent $13 billion on protecting information technology and the network security platform, and in that same year there were nearly 45,000 incidents in this country having to do with data loss, data theft, hacking, and privacy breaches. For example, during the fall of 2011, one international hacker broke into a network security platform and was able to get a hold of highly sensitive computer files at the South Carolina Department of Revenue. He thus gained access to an estimated 3.6 million American tax returns!
In July of 2008, a frustrated San Francisco city administrator blocked access to a critical network security platform by changing passwords to its switches and routers. When caught, he would not share them with officials. This created a real mess. A 2011 study concluded that the cost of this type of security breach of a network security platform and the cost per lost or stolen record has decreased recently. However, that does not mean that companies should slack off on protecting themselves or their network security platform.
Your business should have an enterprise firewall, an intrusion detection system, an intrusion prevention system, and a next gen network security system to defend yourself against criminal activity. A next generation network can help you keep your information safe so that you and your important proprietary information are not compromised.