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Network connectivity

Network connectivity

(also connectivity, network topology)

Network connectivity definition

Network connectivity is an extensive and comprehensive process by which various parts of a specific network connect with one another. Parts of a network can connect via switches, gateways, and routers. Network connectivity also shows how well parts of the network connect to each other. Network connectivity is crucial because it facilitates connectivity between devices or computers, allowing them to communicate with each other via protocols and other means.

See also: computer network defense, network security protocols, logical topology

When speaking of network connectivity, security is always one of the major concerns because poor network security can put the data kept within the network at risk. By securing your network connectivity, you’ll protect yourself from data breaches, network breaches, and many other cyber threats.

Network connectivity protection methods

  • Firewall. A firewall can control outgoing and incoming traffic on networks. It can keep unfriendly and risky traffic away from the network and block malware and application-layer attacks.
  • Antivirus and anti-malware. Malware is a common type of cyberattack that can delete files, corrupt data, and even create a back door into your network. Antivirus and anti-malware software can protect your network from such an attack by monitoring your network traffic for malware and scanning files.
  • Network segmentation. Network segmentation is the process of dividing and sorting network traffic according to functions, roles, or risks within an organization. It makes it easier to approve employee credentials and ensures that no one outside the organization accesses your network.

Further reading

Ultimate digital security