10 Ways to Keep Your Network Safe From Cyber Criminals
There are several basics strategies that every business should implement to keep their network secure. Becoming a victim of a cyber security attack isn’t a matter of if, but when.
With the number of attacks increasing on a daily basis, everyone is a target. There are some very simple things you can implement to increase your network security, and some things that are more difficult and could require the help of an IT services provider. However, even doing a few things on this list will help more than doing none!
10 Ways to Keep Your Network Safe
Use strong authentications methods
Implement 2 FA to protect your identity. This second layer of access can be a pain, but the extra 2 seconds of time it takes to login to your account is worth it when your credentials get compromised.
Also, don’t use a password that you use on another account or names of things other people would know about you. When your account login information gets leaked in an unrelated attack, your credentials go up for sale and will be used on any platform the attackers can find. Different passwords will prevent this from becoming a problem.
Update your security software with latest patches
Set automatic updates and make sure they are done. Safeguard yourself against software vulnerabilities that can exploit malware or viruses. When an update is released, it informs attackers of the vulnerability, which they then use to find any unpatched devices to exploit.
Physically secure equipment and ports
Ensure computer hardware and data isn’t compromised by protecting physical equipment for loss and theft. This includes locking your computer when you step away, and putting locks or other secure access on your equipment rooms.
Establish Cyber Security Rules for Employees
Educate employees on security policies and best practices. Help change their behavior and motivate them to keep your network safe. The human firewall is one of the most powerful components of your cyber security. All of the technology in the world can’t prevent malicious access when a user gives away their login credentials to an attacker.
Encrypt Your Data
When a device is lost or stolen, the hard drive can be pulled out to access the data without a password. If you encrypt that hard drive, the data will be inaccessible.
You can also easily encrypt email messages, web browsing, and more. This type of encryption can prevent others from intercepting the data in transit and using it against you.
Protect Devices Against Viruses, Spyware & Other Malicious Code
Equip all company PC’s and devices with antivirus protection and use monitoring software to ensure the virus protection is running and hasn’t been disabled by the user.
Protect & Secure External network access
Ensure you network has secure remote access via technology like a VPN or an RD gateway for remote desktop. Opening the doors to your network from outside can open you up to attack. Make sure these tunnels are secured.
Perform regular internal security audits and plan for improvements
Regularly review security policies to keep up with the latest technology changes and act proactively rather than reactively to avoid software vulnerabilities.
Define strong security rules for administrators accounts
Implement strong authentication for admin accounts and make sure login credentials are stored security and not shared with broader teams.
Don’t forget about mobile and BYOD
Examine your organizations specific BYOD (bring your own device) protocol and use cases, and set out appropriate plans and policies to address this growing trend. The pandemic has greatly increased the number of personal devices in use at businesses. These devices should have proper security protocols in place like antivirus if they will be accessing company data.
Maintaining a strong network is critical in the cyber security world. Ensure that you make security a regular topic in your business meetings. The more you are proactive about security, the more you will be armed with tools to help prevent or mitigate an attack.
Eric is the owner and CEO of Protek Support and is a CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional). He graduated from Utah State University with a Bachelors of Science degree in Business with an emphasis in Information Technology (IT). He is an IT Services expert in a variety of technology related fields. Some of these fields include document management software/hardware, enterprise level networking and VoIP phone systems, as well as large scale software implementation projects and the setup of small business networks.