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5 Things You Can Do To Improve Your Business Network Security
Information is one of the most important company assets for a business owner. Leaving your systems unprotected can lead to data loss, inappropriate access, and worse; here are a few tips for strengthening your network security on a personal level:
1) Save personal web browsing for your personal computer
Social media is a great way to stay connected with family and friends, but viruses and malware can spread quickly through the most commonly used sites. Accessing these at work can make secure computers containing sensitive information vulnerable to attack by malicious elements of society.
2) Establish a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) policy
As technology changes and smartphones become ubiquitous to modern society, the chances that employees are bringing their own devices to work is nearly 100%. Rather than ineffectively attempting to ban access, you can instead leverage the presence of these devices into increased productivity by integrating them into your overall communication networks. However, as part of this a company needs to ensure that all personal devices are adequately secured to the same standards as company owned hardware. Providing backup services, remote wipe programs, and mobile antivirus software are all options available to businesses.
3) Create effective passwords
This is a tip relevant to both business applications and your personal computer use, but just as crucial either way. While creating “effective” passwords is a common act, many people use the same set of 3-5 passwords for all their services. As a business, the easiest way to combat this trend is to use specialty software to generate unique passcodes for company services, limit the ability of employees to modify them, and resetting them to new specifications often.
4) Keep computer computers updated with security patches
This seems like a no-brainer, but the fact of the matter is that many people will let small things slide if they seem unimportant. It seems like every time you log onto a computer (especially in large networks) there are multiple patches available to be downloaded but nobody ever seems to take action on it. Generally these patches contain important security updates to address uncovered vulnerabilities, and not installing them can leave your system open to opportunistic programs and hackers.
5) Beware of over-storing
Having a good records retention policy can help keep your information organized and secure, but not having one can slow productivity and leave files exposed. Determine what files are critical to your organization and need to be kept, and clean out the rest as needed. By having fewer files on individual devices, you lessen the chance of a data breach involving large amounts of sensitive data.