Cyber-security professionals say employees are the biggest threat to network security

September 26, 2015

FARGO — Network security has more to do with smoke and mirrors than actual security at many companies today, according to Corey Steele, network security engineer for local voice and data network solutions provider High Point Networks.

The self-taught cybersecurity expert gets paid to test companies’ networks and says the days when firewalls, data backup and antivirus programs provided sufficient protection are over.

“A network that’s protected just by a firewall, antivirus and backups in this environment is really akin to taking a super carrier from our American Navy today and dropping it into World War II. It would be a similar battle,” Steele said. “The threats are so sophisticated and so capable that you can’t just protect with those three controls anymore.”

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