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How Secure is MPLS?

April 10, 2017
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Security is a very important issue for many business owners and IT managers. Hackers and people with malicious intent are always on the look out for unsecure networks so they can steal trade secrets and other sensitive information. One way your company can keep your data secure is by partnering with an IT firm. They can provide a range of technical services to protect your company’s technology. IT providers use a variety of techniques and methods, including Multiprotocol Label Switching (or MPLS), to maintain a secure network.

IT firms frequently use Multiprotocol Label Switching which combines the infrastructure of Layer 2 and Layer 3 networking services. As a result, it provides a higher level of security and performance. The technology can also help companies scale faster.

How is Multiprotocol Label Switching Secure?

The architecture inside Multiprotocol Label Switching has different security requirements for its core and VPNs. Overall, Multiprotocol Label Switching is usually compared to the security levels of Layer 2 VPNs which is frequently used as an industry standard. Layer 2 VPNs transports information between different locations and is highly transparent. Meanwhile Layer 3 VPNs transports information between different subnets. It is easier to scale and is generally more secure than Layer 2 VPNs.

Hackers can attack your network and try to gain unauthorized access in different ways. The most common type of attack is called a Denial of Service (or DoS) attack. A Denial of Service attack blocks authorized users from accessing the network and its resources and allows unauthorized users to gain access instead. Meanwhile a Distributed Denial of Service (or DDoS) attack makes an online service unavailable to users by preventing the hosting server from operating. A Distributed Denial of Service attack typically uses more than one compromised device.

Multiprotocol Label Switching can prevent these types of attacks since it can add an additional layer of security, which is similar to a standard Layer 2 network. Multiprotocol Label Switching can shield your company’s IP address. It can also help hide your firewalls, packet filtering and other sensitive information from hackers. When these components are hidden, it’s more difficult for unauthorized people with malicious intent to reach the Multiprotocol Label Switching network’s core.

Another reason Multiprotocol Label Switching is secure is because it can hide its core infrastructure. The core infrastructure houses some of the most important parts of the Multiprotocol Label Switching protocol. This can prevent hackers from performing Denial of Service attacks and prevent unauthorized people from gaining access to the network. Companies can use the core part of the protocol to keep the Multiprotocol Label Switching network secure and reliable. When the core is protected it can also lessen the damage that may be done by a network attack. A secure Multiprotocol Label Switching network can protect different areas of the network, including Layer 2 and Layer 3 VPNs, and traffic engineering.

Multiprotocol Label Switching also does not reveal unnecessary information to people outside of your network. The company’s engineers and IT technical team can use private and public addresses to gain access to the system’s core. Due to its highly secure network and protocol, you can be confident that your Multiprotocol Label Switching network won’t reveal sensitive information to people who are not supposed to have access to your company’s data.

Please contact us today for more information about Multiprotocol Label Switching. At Accelerated Connections Inc, we can design a network specifically for your organization. Our talented engineers and IT staff can create a highly secure network access that would allow you and your employees to continue to focus on your core product. We have experience developing custom networks for governments, financial companies and national businesses.

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