A new year is an opportunity to have a fresh start with your projects and plans. Unfortunately, hackers are thinking the same thing. Rather than letting 2017 start with a breach in cybersecurity, you can start the year off with a fresh set of cybersecurity protocols that will help to keep your sensitive data safe. Ready to get started? Let’s do this!
Take stock of what you do and do not allow within your network.
It’s vital to know what devices can and cannot use your network, so one of the first things that you should do is take inventory. What devices do you have on your network that you know are authorized and which ones do you need to follow up with? The danger of not knowing what is connected to your network is that an unauthorized device can sneak in among the crowd and wreak havoc. Have a complete list of authorized devices and have your network set to scan continuously for new devices. Anything new should always be examined thoroughly to decide whether they can remain. The same thing should be done for software. Which programs are allowed to be used within the network and which pose a threat to your system? Keep a master list and assess everything new that comes through.
Create a standard for security configurations within your network.
Default software settings are a major threat to your network security. Without proper protocols and thorough updates, you run the risk of exposing your company to the wild west of hackers. You need to take the time to update your systems to the latest and greatest versions so that vulnerabilities can be patched. An out of the box computer may be easy to set up and use, but it definitely isn’t as secure as you want it to be.
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