Half of the 28 million small businesses in the United States have had their IT systems breached.
No one wants to lose access to their critical data or have valuable information stolen. But it can be difficult to know exactly what steps you need to take to protect your network.
Read on to find the 5 basic business network security tips that you should be taking to keep your company safe.
1. Password Security
Having a strong password policy is the easiest way to improve your network security.
Rather than using a hard to remember string of letters and numbers, request that your employees use a long, but easy to remember passphrase. This will not only be harder for any potential hackers to guess but will also mean your employees won’t need to write it down.
Set your network to block logins after three unsuccessful attempts. This will protect your network from ‘brute force’ attacks where hackers attempt to guess passwords.
2. Update Programs
Hackers are always looking for new vulnerabilities and creating new tools.
As soon as these are discovered, programs are patched to close the vulnerabilities. But if your programs are not up to date, then your network is not protected.
Set all of your programs to search for updates regularly. If a program cannot, schedule times for your IT team to check for updates.
3. Install an Antivirus & Firewall
A firewall acts as the first line of defense for your network. It controls what can come in and go out. By limiting incoming connections to those that you white-list, you can greatly reduce the chance of a successful attack.
An antivirus program searches your machine for anything suspect and quarantines it before it can cause any damage. Make sure that you have one installed on every computer. This will help catch anything that gets past the firewall.
4. Limit Critical Access and Backup your Data
The fewer employees with access to critical data, the less chance there is of this data being compromised. Make sure only those that actually need access are given it. A compromised user only risks what they have access to.
Back up all of your data regularly. Keep this offsite or in the cloud. A separate copy acts as insurance in case you lose control over your network, but also keeps you covered in case of hardware failure.
5. Train Your Employees
No matter how much security you have in place, a reckless employee can ruin all your hard work.
The internet is full of dangers, and every company regularly receives phishing emails and suspect email attachments. Make sure that you train your employees to spot these attacks.
Unless your employees are doing their part, your IT team will be spending all their time clearing up after them.
Essential Business Network Security
If you follow our five essential tips, then you will greatly increase your network security. Security threats are constantly evolving, so make sure that you and your employees are always vigilant.
Now that you have secured your IT network, check out our blog where you will find more tips on how to make your business just as physically secure.
Contact us at Smart Security Pros to see what we can do to protect your business.