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Network security protects your network and data from breaches, intrusions, and other threats. It is a broad term that describes hardware and software solutions and processes that can protect network usage and accessibility and mitigate threats to a corporate network.
Network security includes access control, antivirus software, application security, network analysis, specific security solutions for endpoints, local area networks (LAN), wide area networks (AWN) and wireless networks, firewalls, VPN encryption, and more.
Application security was traditionally thought to be a separate field – it refers to security measures designed to prevent an application’s data and code from being stolen or hijacked. However, modern organizations are realizing that application security is inseparable from network security, and they must take a holistic approach to securing networks and the applications within them.
Cybercrime and Threats Facing Modern Networks
Before we understand the connection to applications, let’s review the fundamental threats facing modern networks.
Cyberattacks are any criminal activity involving computers, networks, and digital or electronic devices. The motivations behind cybercrime might range from personal or financial gain to a desire to disrupt or damage computer systems. Some attackers use computers and networks to spread malware, illegal information, or other illegitimate materials.
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