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At BreeSoft, we specialize in designing, installing, and administering networks of all types and sizes. We take the time to educate our clients on network topologies and the best strategies to safeguard their network infrastructures. From single-home local area networks to multi-site corporate branch offices, our team members will help you by designing a secure network that is easy to manage and we will do so using industry-standard devices coupled with industry-approved methods.
Understanding the basics of networking is key to understanding how vulnerable your network really is. The diagrams below are meant solely to help educate those who are familiar with the network terms LAN, WAN, and VPN, but have never really understood them.
A local area network (LAN) is a group of one or more devices connected together to form a hub of interconnected devices that all share the same resources, like the Internet. The drawing above shows a simple network typically found in residential homes. Businesses are very similar but may also include servers, more powerful routers and firewall appliances that provide an added layer of protection or other functionality on the LAN. If not properly configured, a LAN can easily be compromised in terms of network security and accessed for malicious purposes,.
Connecting two LAN networks together over the Internet with routers creates a wide area network (WAN). WANs are what make it possible for companies to share their resources amongst multiple office locations and/or telecommuting employees. This effectively creates one big network out of one or more LANs joined together. WAN networks introduce high risks though in terms of protecting the network traffic from the unwanted scrutiny of malicious hackers. This is because the traffic to and from each LAN has to pass through the public Internet.
You may or may not already know that the Internet, in and of itself, offers no security. As such, it is very important to have the traffic moving within a WAN shielded and encrypted. A virtual private network (VPN) is a special "tunnel" that shields and encrypts the traffic moving about within a WAN. Only members of the VPN are privvy to the information the tunnel contains. If a hacker were somehow able to infiltrate the tunnel, he or she would still have to decrypt the data traveling within it. Not an easy task to today with such high-level encryption algorithms in use these days.
Having been shown the basics of LAN, WAN, and VPN networks, where does your network fit in with these diagrams? Are you a member of a simple LAN network? Do you work remotely from home? Does your company require you to use special software on your PC to connect to the office network? Most importantly; Is your network secure? At BreeSoft, we are experts in helping clients of all sizes--both residential and commercial--design, configure, and manage their network infrastructures. We will ensure your LAN, WAN, and VPN networks are capable of standing up to the most aggressive hacking attempts. We will start by performing a security audit analysis of your current infrastructure, which will pinpoint areas of weakness and we will correct them.