With all the talk about hacking in the recent presidential election, little mention was made of ways to combat hacking and improve internet security. We know that hacking takes place; but do we know the steps it takes to remedy the situation. Few people know about structured cabling solutions and network wiring in general.
Within an organization’s offices, computers and other devices are usually hooked up via a system of cables. These are structured to provide connectivity so that work groups can connect with each other and the outside world for email and web work. The fact that an office is wired, as opposed to wireless, is actually a benefit when it comes to security because the system is closed. Wireless connectivity actually opens a system up to cyber intrusion.
Another reason for having a wired system as opposed to wireless relates to bandwidth. Much more data and faster speeds are realized through the use of wired connections vs. wireless. Furthermore, if speed is your thing, then upgrading your entire infrastructure to fiber is the way to go. Fiber optic cables are capable of greater speeds and data movement than previous generations of wiring. If your current office is CAT5 or below, your productivity will benefit from an upgrade. Standards for network cabling change frequently and you will want to ensure that your existing network cabling is meeting or exceeding these standards to get the most from your network.
Most offices have a wiring closet where all of the connectivity takes place. If yours looks like a spaghetti bowl instead of a neatly organized and routed cabling system, it might be time for an upgrade to fiber or at least some semblance of organization. This is the place to begin to get more from the network you are paying for and set the stage for future connectivity innovation.