Whether your business is big or small, you probably have a working knowledge of network security and what you need to do to keep your business safe.
But are you doing everything that you can to maintain network security at your business? Chances are, your systems and processes could use an update – or a refresh, as network security is changing all the time.
And as we all know; hackers are always trying to gain access to businesses.
Here are four things every business owner needs to know about network security. Read on:
Your employees are the gatekeepers
If you don’t have properly trained employees, your network security is at risk. Full stop. Your employees should be trained in basic security practices like strong passwords, what they can and cannot do on the internet and how to protect customer data. And there should be stiff penalties for breaking these rules.
A handbook is also a good start, so all the information is on one place, should questions arise.
Be sure to include rules and safeguards for social media usage as well!
Protect your hardware
One of the best things you can do is have a firewall so outsiders cannot access your network. Having up-to-date hardware, browsers and operating systems is also key and having the most recent version of anti-virus software running is also something to keep tabs on.
Don’t neglect this in the name of budget – a cyber-attack can cost you big time.
Email filtering is also a useful tool; we offer it to clients through our partner Securence. It’s a great first line of defense and can benefit many small businesses.
Back it up
You should be regularly backing up all data on all computers and devices. This means all photos and images, documents, spreadsheets and other files and accounts.
You can back it up on a hard drive or the cloud – even better, you’d use both! Do this AT LEAST once a week, if not more. And if you don’t have cloud storage, keep the backup in another site for extra security.
Limit and control access
Each employee should have a unique account and protect laptops, mobile devices and other items with passwords. Things can get stolen and you don’t want your company’s information out there unprotected.