Your business’s data is important, and it is your job to make sure that it remains safe. According to 2016 threat data from Symantec, 43% of all cyberattacks target small businesses. Criminals target small businesses because they are easy targets. Unfortunately, that number is just going to keep going up. So how do you protect your small business’s network?
Make Sure Employees are Educated
Believe it or not, your employees are pretty much the biggest threat to your network’s security. This is because a lot of people just don’t know how to keep things locked down, so it is important to teach them. Let your employees know how important it is to close their accounts on shared computers and be careful where they click to avoid accidentally downloading malware. You can mitigate a lot of risks to your network by educating those who will be using it.
Keep Your Software Up to Date
As a small business owner, it is natural to try and keep costs down whenever you can. While it may seem like not buying the shiny new software is saving money, it could be severely damaging your network’s security. Software updates are extremely important. Those updates are evolving programs to make them more secure. The longer a software has been out, the longer hackers have had to learn how to get into it. By keeping your software up to date, you have a better chance of staying out of the reach of hackers and cybercriminals.
Secure Your Wi-Fi
Unfortunately, your Business’s Wi-Fi can provide a gaping hole in your network for criminals to come on in. Your first line of defense is installing a firewall so that only the data you want is coming in and the data going out is encrypted. Make sure that only your employees have the Wi-Fi password. You can even set up your modem so that its name won’t eve pop up when outside devices search for connections.
IT Solutions and Network Protection from Global Harvest Networks
Global Harvest Networks has been working for the Washington D.C., Maryland, and Virginia areas since 2000 and we’re ready to lend our expertise to you! We offer a wide range of IT solutions that can tackle any and all of your network’s needs. Please don’t hesitate to contact us so that we can help you! You can also give us a call at 410-691-1130. We’re ready to assess your system, diagnose the problem, and help you find a plan that will strengthen your network all free of charge! For more information on the latest things you should protect your system from, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, and YouTube.