Defending Data: ISNetworld’s Protection From Cyber Attacks
The last decade of the 20th century brought sweeping health and safety regulatory reforms resulting in more stringent training requirements, the need for a central repository of records from multiple agencies and training facilities, and a demand for live data and instant access. ISNetworld was created to meet these needs. Because such a system contains confidential information vital to uninterrupted and efficient operations, data security has always been and continues to remain a top priority for ISN.
ISNetworld houses a vast amount of data – over eight terabytes to date. To ensure it is kept safe, ISN has put in place a multi-layered security system that monitors ISNetworld 24/7. This system protects data much like a city protects its citizens. Like a coordinated civil defense, protecting data requires multiple systems and personnel working in unison to track, prevent and combat cyber-attacks by using a number of tools. Some of these tools are well-known to ISNetworld users, but others may be more unfamiliar.
The first line of defense, a firewall is like a wall built around a city, limiting who enters and leaves. In the online world, a firewall determines if an external system should be granted or denied access to the network. ISNetworld has two firewalls for a double layer of protection.
• Intrusion Detection System (IDS)
Like guards on patrol, this system monitors the network for any suspicious activity. If any threats are detected, the system administrators are alerted.
Think of encryption as coded messages passed through enemy lines. Even if an attacker intercepted the message, they wouldn’t have the code to be able to decipher it. As ISNetworld exchanges information with other systems, it supports the use of encryption to code and decode the messages. Both a 256 and 128 bit encryption are actively scrambling messages sent to and from ISNetworld, protecting both older and newer browsers.
• Login Monitoring
Just as any secure city keeps meticulous records of who enters or leaves and at what time, our security measures record the date, time and IP address of every system that accesses ISNetworld, and also keeps a log of every user who logs in.
• Backup Networks
Just in case disaster strikes and the first line of defenses goes down, ISN has a reserve guard in place in the form of a secondary backup facility. This alternate network is equipped with many of the same precautionary tools as those listed above. If the facility housing our primary network is compromised, ISNetworld can fall back to a safe position and maintain security and smooth operations in the backup facility.
Like the guards of any well-protected city, ISN will continue to evaluate external threats and upgrade ISNetworld’s defenses accordingly. An external audit of ISNetworld’s security measures to qualify for certification with the Food and Drug Administration’s 21 CFR Part 11 standard found that it meets or exceeds all requirements. For more information regarding our security procedures please contact the ISN Customer Service Team at +1 214 303 4900 or firstname.lastname@example.org.