Network security is one of the most important aspects of your organization’s day to day operations. Imagine the worst case scenario: someone mistakenly opens an email attachment from an untrusted source, and, before you know it, your entire network is compromised, essential applications, and even your data, are all inaccessible or corrupted.
What do you do?
Well, if you’ve been a frequent visitor to our blog, you know how much we hammer the point of frequent, dependable, backups of your data. If you’ve got that sorted, you’re certainly ahead of the game in terms of getting back up and running. However, there are also steps to avoid getting to the point where you need to depend on backups at all.
So, in this blog post we will be giving you 5 Tips for Network Security, to avoid disasters and keep your technology infrastructure safe.
- PATCHES and UPDATES: One of the easiest ways to keep your network secure is to make sure all your operating systems and applications are updated with the most recent service packs and patches. Many times, these updates are released to plug holes that can be used by hackers to gain access to your system. Some software can be set to patch automatically, but it never hurts to do manual checkups at least once a week.
- STRONG PASSWORDS: No password is bullet proof, and a determined hacker with enough time and resources can eventually gain access. However, creating strong, complex passwords will deter a good chunk of those wishing to hack into your system, not to mention the many automated attempts made through bots. Yes, simple passwords are easy to remember, but they are also easier to hack. Avoid names, anniversary dates, and using the same password over and over. And always change the default password on network-connected devices like security cameras.
- BLOCK EMAILS WITH CERTAIN ATTACHMENTS: Sending documents between coworkers and clients is something many of us do everyday. However, this reality is exploited by hackers and sometimes you could get an email that looks like it could be from someone you know, but have a malicious file attached. The solution for this is to set up your network to block emails that have suspicious file formats, such as .bas, .bat, .exe, and .vbs.
- ESTABLISH NETWORK SECURITY POLICIES: Every organization needs a network security policy that is understood by all employees and enforced diligently. Make sure everyone on staff knows their role, what they should and shouldn’t do,and who to turn to if they need additional access to security resources, such as passwords. Be wary of giving access to key points on your network to service providers unless they are a trusted company with whom you have a longstanding relationship.
- TEST YOUR NETWORK: Abenaki has been providing network security tests to a handful of our clients with amazing results. We will be rolling this service out to our entire customer base in the future. It is incredible what we discover over the course of one of these tests: personal home computers accessing a band office’s wifi without permission, sensitive information stored in folders that are publicly accessible, and a whole host of other issues that can be avoided once identified.
If you’re interested in having us perform a network security test for you, contact us and let us know you’d like more information. We hope to be rolling this service out nation-wide in the near future.