Network security is a critical component of your business that needs to be taken seriously. As existing threats are neutralized, new threats consistently appear on the horizon. Hackers are always on the lookout for new ways to breach your network to gain access to your sensitive information. And these threats are not just limited to large corporations – smaller businesses don’t have the same level of resources to dedicate to their cybersecurity efforts, so they may be at an even greater risk of a data breach. Implementing network security best practices is a great start to protecting yourself and your company from an attack. Here are four to implement right now.
1. Maintaining Software
Malware has become more sophisticated over the years and is often undetectable once it has hit your system. The best way to combat it is by making sure your software applications, and especially your antivirus software, is always kept up to date. Develop a plan for installing patches on systems in your network and encourage your IT department to conduct a regular audit on your antivirus software. While no plan is foolproof, the goal is to continue improving your security efforts to stay ahead of the game.
2. Monitoring Permissions
The threat posed by those within your company is always something to keep in the back of your mind, especially with recent news reports. Make sure that all permissions granted to employees are revoked immediately upon termination or resignation. Screen new employees before giving them essential permissions in your network to ensure they don’t pose a threat to your network security. And set up a policy for personal devices, keeping them away from your corporate network if necessary.
3. Creating a Security Policy
Security needs to be the driving force behind employee behavior and processes. Make sure all employees are constantly reminded and aware of security issues in your company. Train them on all new threats that they may fall victim too, such as phishing attacks.
4. Monitoring Third Party Access
Third party applications can streamline your workflow and make your company more productive as a whole. However, these additional access points increase your network’s exposure to threats. Ensure that all third party access to your network is the minimum required. Screen all companies you work with or contract to – companies that share your strong emphasis on security and comply with necessary regulations should be preferred partners.
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