5 Ways to improve Network Security


5 Ways to improve Network Security

Anyone in charge of a business’s IT believe that their company’s information security could be improved, but budget issues often get in the way. There are affordable steps that can be taken in order to improve information and network security.

There are a number of complex and expensive security options businesses can deploy to block as many of today’s security threats as possible but there are also a number of minor changes that can be made which can make a big difference.

1 Keep up to date

One of the key points is to try and keep ahead of the threats; security intelligence is the most essential part of keeping your businesses IT network secure. When new potential threats emerge you want to know about them as early as possible so that you can put measure in place on your network systems.

There are plenty of IT security blogs and social media sites which can help you keep up to date with new potential threats. By following these channels you have a greater chance of being prior warned. Many of these sites offer articles, videos and webinars to help you keep your network secure.

2 Update hardware and software

You should if you are not already subscribe to security updates from all your networks hardware vendors. This costs you only time but can provide you vital information about vulnerabilities you may have now and how to protect your network against these vulnerabilities.

Vulnerabilities are found in software all the time, hackers are constantly looking for new ways to gain access into a networks software applications. Software developers continuously release updates to close these security holes, keeping your software up to date is crucial from a security aspect and these should be done as soon as possible if they are not already configured to auto update.

3 Security awareness training

Raising awareness among staff plays a large part in network security. Any staff member who has access to a PC, username or password in the companies IT infrastructure has the potential to cause a security breach. A lot of data breaches originate when cyber criminals steal credentials or infect part of the network with malware via phishing scams.

Making all employees aware of these threats and how to avoid them plays a key part in network security. Encourage employees to use fairly complex passwords and change those passwords on a regular basis can help reduce the risk of a cyber attack in which access was gained from an employee’s credentials.

4 Manage wireless networks

Most business now use wireless networking throughout the building, wireless networks need to be managed securely and if you have internet connectivity available for customers, such as in hotels these need to be kept on a separate connection. You cannot guarantee that all your customers are going to use your internet connection is a secure way.

By separating your network means that if a virus has been downloaded by a customer this cannot then spread to the rest of the day to day business network. Large companies should have each department on separate networks to minimise the damage should a breach occur.

5 Have a secure backup plan

Have a secure offsite backup plan in place. This should already be a key part of your IT infrastructure. Secure backups help you survive everything from accidental file deletion, hard drive failure; ransom ware attacks right though to fire.

In a cyber ransom ware attack where the cyber criminal is threatening to delete your data you can have it back online in no time from a clean secure backup. Backup data should be stored in a remote location away from your primary business. This protects your data from physical and cyber attacks.

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