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An Iranian double agent working for Israel used a standard thumb drive to infect Iran's Natanz nuclear facility with the highly destructive Stuxnet computer worm.
HUNTSVILLE, AL, August 16, 2019 /24-7PressRelease/ -- The digital network security products that could make the biggest difference in any cybersecurity plan are not the esoteric programs and software that merely respond to incursions and contamination. The protection that most data networks are noticeably lacking – protection that completes the cybersecurity perimeter guarding your vital information systems – are physical network security products; the seemingly simple, yet ingenious devices that guard visible points of entry.
As long as USB data ports are unguarded, as long as cable connectors can be plugged and unplugged at will, the data networks and information systems on which life today depends will be wide open to viruses, malware, Trojan horses, ransomware, and any bug that floats through the cloud and comes to live on USB flash drives, cell phones, external hard drives, and other connected devices. The fact that physical network security products are so often the last measures to be considered has been described as the open front door of cybersecurity. This missing piece is even more remarkable when we consider that an estimated $170 billion is spent annually on cybersecurity, with physical network security products being barely a blip in that massive investment.
The Saga of Network Security
According to U.S. intelligence sources, an Iranian double agent working for Israel used a standard thumb drive to infect Iran's Natanz nuclear facility with the highly destructive Stuxnet computer worm. All it took for the virus to be triggered was a user clicking on the Windows icon. Once that happened, Stuxnet quickly propagated throughout Natanz – knocking that facility offline and at least temporarily crippling Iran's nuclear program – all because Natanz didn't foresee the need for USB port blockers.
Subsequent research confirms clearly that even qualified, security-cleared personnel don't hesitate to plug in a found flash drive when they find one on the way to work. Some are inserted within minutes. One study reported greater than 100% usage of found flash drives. So the anomaly of human behavior is a key factor for success or failure when you assess your requirements for network security products.
The Connectivity Center offers an expertly curated collection of network security products designed expressly to close off unauthorized access to your vital data networks, preventing incursions – intentional or not – from occurring in the first place.
Its Smart Keeper collection of network security products protect the vital data network connections that empower your information systems, secure your laptops themselves, and enable your operation to benefit from the balance between access and security, to move your enterprise forward day after day.
About The Connectivity Center
The Connectivity Center is a supplier of some of the leading physical cyber security network security products. 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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