Ensuring a Safe Network

Ensuring a Safe Network

Security firewalls, malware protection, anti-virus software and intrusion prevention systems, the gangs all here and yet somehow a threat to your network made it through. How?

Maintaining a Safe Network

Security firewalls, malware protection, anti-virus software and intrusion prevention systems, the gangs all here and yet somehow a threat to your network made it through. How? You might ask. A large part of maintaining a safe network comes down to relying on your employees to instill safe practices. What are those safe practices and how can I ensure my employees know. Well we’ve organized them and made it as simple as clicking the “Share Button”.

Security Training 101

Hackers are cleaver and look for new ways to trick even the most seasoned IT professionals into downloading malware or responding to a hoax email. Don’t waste any time, train and educate your employees on how to spot malicious emails, and what the latest intrusive trends and vulnerabilities look like. Executives included! Those with high-level clearance are the most desirable.

“Password” is not a secure Password

I get it, the IT guy set it up, and someone forgot to change it. Well, now is the time. In fact, the most common passwords used in 2017 were “123456” and “password”. As a basic rule of thumb, stay away from common passwords, be random, and use eight digits or more. Instill these password best practices and remind employees to change their passwords every few months.

Protocols

You were hacked! At least, you think you were hacked? Don’t shrug it off, ensure a cyberattack procedure is in place before you need one, and make sure all your employees know what to do.

Example:

  • Employees, users, c-suite and anyone connected to a device on the network should know who to contact if they encounter a security incident. Something as small as a suspicious email or a sketchy pop-up window needs to be reviewed by an expert. Others on the same network need to be notified of the threat, and advised not to open anything they aren’t already familiar with.

Prevention Check List

Whether your business is big or small, your IT department should be implementing polices to ensure that the workstations are virus free; via weekly scans, ensure that virus protections, security software and firewalls are up to date, and be using an off-site backup and recovery system.

Conclusion:

All in all, it is impossible to block every single threat to your business, but following these steps will definitively lower the chances of a debilitating cyber-attack. To recap, offer security training to new hires that seasoned employees can sit in on, change passwords frequently, instill attack protocols, and a ensure your IT department is implementing best practices. When all is said and done, you will sleep better knowing you have done your part in ensuring a safe network environment.