Remember the days when we didn't have routers in our homes? Just a good old fashioned dial up modem. If you were smart, you ran a software firewall and an A/V of your choice on top of that. Well, those days are gone. So, here's my simple home network topology.
It's a flat network, meaning no VLANs or anything. There are only 4 hardwired devices while the rest are wireless.
If you follow me on social media (Instagram, mainly), you will notice that I traded in my 2010 Camaro 2SS/RS M6 car for a black 2011 Cadillac CTS-V sedan. Having almost max'd out the power on my nearly full bolt on 5th gen, I knew the next step would be cam and/or forced induction. Anyone who knows me personally, knows that I love the V2's. I've been watching their prices since they first came out in 2009. Amazing, amazing cars.
Long ago, it was my job to set up and tear down Linux servers. It was fun, forced you to learn things on the fly, and made for some exciting work days. Fast forward to now where my respect for Linux is still on high, however my skillsets have since moved away from the dark side. Linux is nothing more than a hobby at this stage in my career, however I still find myself dabbling with it from time to time.
So you're tasked with performing a risk assessment within your organization. You searched Google and came across this article or maybe found it posted on LinkedIn, and you want to get down and dirty with risk. This article is to focus on what risk is and why it's important, as well as how to perform a simple assessment on your path to mitigation.
What is Risk?
Throughout my career as an IT professional, I have set up, knocked down, broke, fixed, spilled blood, and cried over network monitoring systems. From an IT infrastructure standpoint, justification for an NMS is easy. You want to know what, when and where something happens in your environment, so that you can determine the "WHY" and "HOW."
This article focuses more on the basics of an NMS and not necessarily a sales pitch for a specific product. With that being said, let's start with breaking down what I'll be talking about: