The physical devices that block vulnerable USB ports and data connectors – such as the ones offered by The Connectivity Center – represent and easy and obvious preventative element of network security solutions, but ate often unused.

HUNTSVILLE, AL, May 06, 2019 /24-7PressRelease/ — Having increased by 12.4% yet again in 2018, the annual spending on network security solutions is maintaining its pace toward the long-projected total of $170 billion by the time the next decade begins. If it were a race, the pursuit of network security solutions would be Daytona or Talladega, running flat out, yet always turning in the same direction. Virtually all the major spending goes to software or programs that respond to a cyberattack after it is already detected. Very little, by comparison, is yet devoted to the sector of network security solutions that prevent those incursions in the first place.

The physical devices that block vulnerable USB ports and data connectors – protecting them from being used by unauthorized persons – represent the obvious preventative element of network security solutions. These devices are readily available, and the true leaders in responsible cybersecurity are deploying them. Yet, strangely, such devices are among the rarest of answers you’ll find in use. It’s as if enterprises, industries, agencies, and authorities of all kinds had installed the most exotic home security measures – motion sensors, front-door cameras, mobile observation devices, and remote controls – and had left the front door wide open.

The Preferred Avenue of Attack

The fact that physical network security solutions are still relatively rare is even more difficult to comprehend when we consider this: The most recent, the most notorious, and the most impactful cyberattacks in history have been launched using innocent-looking USB thumb drives. The Stuxnet computer worm that was used to sabotage the Iran nuclear development program – said to have succeeded in setting back the program by at least a decade – was introduced to the program’s vital data systems from unidentified thumb drives sprinkled in nearby parking lots.

That’s not all. In April 2019, the vacation home of President Trump was entered by an apparent foreign agent who carried four cell phones, a laptop, an external hard drive – and a USB flash drive containing malware. The exotic image of maladjusted savants in distant basements, formulating complex attacks through cyberspace may represent a portion of the threat; certainly, there is more than one office building in more than one hostile state where social media activists pepper the Internet with misinformation. But the real threats to the information systems and data networks that make enterprise, public service, commerce, and finance possible today often come from a humble thumb drive.

Trends in Network Security Solutions

Whether from malicious attack or from inadvertent contamination, The Connectivity Center offers network security solutions that complete any cybersecurity perimeter. The company’s mission is to guard the physical points of entry that turn PCs into vital information systems – the ports and connectors where the most damaging and historically impactful cyber-attacks were perpetrated. Th Connectivity Center’s Smart Keeper collection of computer and laptop network security solutions protect the vital data network connections that empower your information systems and still permit the controlled access that moves your enterprise forward day after day.

For instance, Link Lock connectors and the Link Lock Hub secure USB ports and network connections and also lock devices so that they cannot be removed without authorized access. In addition, locking 4K high-speed cables, when combined with the Smart Keeper USB Port Lock Key, prevent cables from being removed from devices.

Enterprises of every kind depend on the flow of data, uncontaminated and with controlled access. The importance of this flow extends to the systems of power generation, energy distribution, water purification and supply, transportation – all the operations that support the lives we live today. Network security solutions that protect this vital flow is what The Connectivity Center provides.

About The Connectivity Center

The Connectivity Center is a supplier of some of the leading physical cyber security and AV connection technologies. The company is especially known for its Smart Keeper series – a portfolio of physical data security products. The Connectivity Center brand prides itself in quality, value, variety, and versatility. We want to be a one stop shop for most of your connectivity needs and we love to serve our partners in this evolving industry.

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