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Analyzing Network Traffic for Suspicious Connections

A network that receives incoming connections from different sources tends to present a weak frontier to the outside world. This vector is an attack surface and suspicious connections from foreign servers and web applications might present themselves. Any volume of traffic that comes into an organization needs to be scanned in order to find out the connections that are using up huge amounts of bandwidth without passing any useful information into or out of the system. These connections are also considered risky and therefore unsafe when they are open for too long and a hacker that has already gained access into the system can use the connection to get information from out of the system. Having a system in place to sense such connections makes much sense and is useful as it keeps the internet usage safe, secure and thwarts hacking attacks before they can even begin to take place.

There are a lot of network security tools which are made available for the organization to use in keeping the local networks safe. These tools such as firewalls are equipped with a network access list which includes all the safe incoming IP addresses and filters through connections to determine which of the incoming traffic is safe as well as flag the connections that seem unsafe or suspicious. Network traffic is considered to be unsafe if the source IP address is unknown or completely new to the system as this means that the connection is random and has not been conducting transactions with the network to begin with. It is also a way of knowing which of the connections have been more open than others and helps in cutting down the active connections to a minimum. Secure systems are able to find out the network connections which are not as secure as they should be and cut them down or halt the transactions in order to find out the origin of the connections and whether it is verified to handle information or not.

Internet users might also be equipped with applications on their devices in order to combat the ever-present network traffic threats. Notifications might pop up when there has been a suspicious internet connection detected and the firewall might even kick in to prevent information from moving in or out through the network before the connections are properly scanned for any suspicious activity. With network traffic being massive and surging in through the firewall in durations of heavy network demand, the suspicious connections are flagged and easily identified in order to ensure that the internet user knows when there are bad incoming connections and when they are not within safe parameters. The connection is also limited when it does not have the proper identifications measures and tags in place for the network to identify who is the sending party of the information. Network scanners can be used alongside firewalls and ensure that your incoming and outgoing traffic is filtered through and any sensitive information that might be leaked encrypted before being transported.