Networking is one of the most important aspects of any business, and businesses should do anything they can to make sure their network stays secure. Network security is a broad term that encompasses many different functions and features, but these features all help minimize an organization’s risk profile and provide at least some level of protection for sensitive information and data that may be stored on their network.
Businesses should take advantage of the services provided by a few different types of vendors, including cloud security providers, consulting services, and software security companies.
Networks are open to all sorts of security vulnerabilities, and businesses must take steps to protect themselves against these vulnerabilities as much as possible. Using the services of cloud security providers and consulting services will help with that, but businesses should also work with software security companies to make sure they’re getting anti-malware and antivirus protection. Anti-malware and antivirus software are the go-to security products for many businesses, but it can’t be stressed enough that they’re not always enough.
Businesses should also protect their networks by keeping an eye on incoming traffic, blocking anything suspicious. This type of security is called network access control (NAC), and there are several different protocols and features that can be used for it, such as 802.1X, port security, DHCP snooping, and IP Source Guard.
Businesses should also consider implementing two-factor authentication on their network to protect against unauthorized users trying to gain access to the system. This involves using a combination of something you know (your password) and something you have (a second form of identification, such as a physical token).
Network security is extremely important for businesses because it protects sensitive data from being compromised. Companies should do everything they can to ensure the best possible network security by working with reputable cloud security providers , consulting services, software security companies, and other types of vendors that can help them accomplish that.
You have to understand how important your network is. It should store information about all of the customers and employees that work for or with your business as well as vital financial information such as credit card numbers, customer bank account numbers, addresses and phone numbers – not only for your customers but also for yourself. Hackers are looking for this data because it can be sold on the black market. Even if you just have useless information stored on your network, that is more than enough reason to secure it properly.
The first line of defense is your hardware firewall. For most businesses, a router with some extra software will do the trick but there are specialized firewalls that work better for some environments. The firewall keeps hackers from accessing the information on your network by blocking any incoming internet traffic except for where you specifically allow it to come in.
Your next step is encryption. Encryption scrambles data so only people with a key can access it. Any files stored on your computer or sent through your network must be encrypted to be safe. This includes any information on a removable storage device such as a USB stick or CD/DVD disk.
Finally, train yourself and your employees how to respond if you believe that someone has accessed your network illegally. You should have protocols in place that tell everyone exactly what they should do immediately after an incident. This will help you determine who has accessed network information and how to stop it from spreading.
Don’t let your network and the valuable information stored on it fall into the wrong hands. Use what you’ve read here to help keep your business secure and start protecting today. You could avoid losing hundreds of thousands (or even millions) of dollars in damage by securing this one part of your business. Contact Bayshore Interactive today and let us help you bolster your Network Security!