Definition: SNMP is an acronym that stands for “simple network management protocol”. The standards are detailed by the IETF and outline how networks and their individuals devices are managed.

The simple network management protocol reports on the operational condition of network components.  Each is sometimes referred to as an "Agent".  Network administrators specify certain conditions on the devices to be monitored in real-time.

Should an alert condition arise notification is sent. A physical security system, such as burglar alarm (controlled by the Internet), is likely to be using the network management protocol. An alarm is sounded if a secured door that is being monitored is opened in an unauthorized manner or time.

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Its Relevance: A network whose security posture is monitored by a strategic SNMP regime is particularly strong. The protocol itself can be programmed to behave in a number of ways. Anomalous conditions can be immediately reported to management.

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