6 Things you can do to keep your network secure

6 Things you can do to keep your network secure

If you think your business isn’t an attractive target to attackers because it’s too small for them to notice, then think again. In fact, smaller organizations are a favorite target since they’re often perceived as being easier to penetrate, yet they still have more than enough data in their care to make them lucrative victims. Because of this, every business, regardless of its size or industry sector, needs enterprise-grade security.

Keep your data safe by following these essential security tips:

#1. Keep your software updated

Outdated software presents a major threat to any business technology infrastructure, and it’s one of the most common attack vectors of all. Vulnerabilities are often discovered only after a program is released to the public, and responsible developers release critical security updates regularly to address these issues. However, they will only do this if the software is still within its support life cycle. Once that expires, it’s no longer economical for them to provide updates, thus requiring customers to upgrade to a newer edition.

#2. Implement round-the-clock monitoring

Hackers don’t exactly stick to a nine-to-five routine. Always looking for the path of least resistance, they’re more likely to attack when no one’s watching, often outside office hours. Ensuring network security is a non-stop job. However, that doesn’t mean you need to keep your IT staff in the office 24/7/365. With remote monitoring and management (RMM) solutions, you can add an extra layer of security that keeps your network safe all the time.

#3. Encrypt everything

If an attacker gets their hands on encrypted data, it will be useless to them. Even a brute force attack is no match against modern encryption algorithms, so it’s an easy way to protect your data both while it’s in transit and at rest. All sensitive data should be encrypted, especially if there’s any chance of it being sent over unsecured networks, such as public Wi-Fi. Data stored in the cloud, especially in public cloud platforms, should also be encrypted just in case the service provider falls victim to a data breach.

#4. Protect your mobile devices

While mobile technologies are now essential tools in any modern business, there’s also no denying that they greatly expand the attack surface. Often, a stolen smartphone is the easiest way into a wider corporate network, even if there’s no sensitive data stored on the device itself. To reduce the risk posed by mobile devices, administrators need to maintain full visibility of their device portfolio. Most importantly, they must have the ability to immediately revoke access to any corporate accounts from devices that have been compromised.

#5. Use multifactor authentication

Passwords have long played a central role in digital security, and that’s not going to change anytime soon. However, over-reliance on passwords is one of the most common reasons for data breaches. Even the strongest passwords are still susceptible to social engineering scams carried out to dupe unsuspecting users into giving away their login credentials. Incorporating an additional authentication method, such as fingerprint scanning, facial recognition, or SMS verification improves protection exponentially.

#6. Train your employees

With phishing scams being carried out en masse, technology itself is no longer the weakest link in cybersecurity. The majority of data breaches stem directly from human error as scammers exploit poor security habits of organizations. Having documented security policies isn’t enough, no matter how well you enforce them. You also need to carry out ongoing security awareness training to transform your employees from the weakest link into a human firewall.

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