Network security is a vital component of any strategic internet connection for businesses. However, some businesses neglect to introduce the appropriate security measures. This can be due to a lack of understanding of the risks involved, reluctance to adequately fund the security measures, or haste to get a network up and running. At Packetworks we believe in layered security that protects your network, keeping it trustworthy and secure. Contact us for more information about network security.
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1 Assuming That Your Business Cannot be a Target
Don't naïvely assume that security breaches are something you hear about on the news. All businesses are targets. Security breakdowns don't always happen to the other guy - they can happen to your organization, so it is important to take as many precautions as you can. All businesses handle secure and sensitive information that someone, somewhere, wants. In addition, there are those who will maliciously seek out and destroy network infrastructures, causing untold damage to business operations. Businesses have been known to be crippled for days and even weeks because they were unprepared for attacks on their networks.
2 Viewing Security as Solely an IT Responsibility
While the burden of responsibility for ensuring the network is secure may fall on the IT department, network security must be seen as a priority by all levels of leadership within an organization. The initiative should come from the top down in the organization, with operational leaders playing an important role in setting the standards. While IT staff may implement the chosen strategies, executive staff must buy into and work in coordination with the IT department, thus setting the tone throughout the organization.
Involving staff from all departments creates a sense of unity and joint responsibility. Staff education is vital in carrying this out. For example, educating staff on how to change passwords when prompted using appropriate, secure passwords rather than the ubiquitous "admin" or "1234" should be recognized as a simple method for letting the entire staff know that they have a vital role to play in the organization's security. Staff should also be taught not to use the same passwords but to always generate new ones.
"Packetworks’ fibre optic network gave us immediate ultra-fast Internet access that has given us services beyond our expectations. We receive excellent value for the dollar and – most importantly – they deliver on their promises."
Sam Khanna, Controller
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3 Believing Simple Anti-Virus Software is Sufficient
Obviously, anti-virus software is important, but it should never be regarded as the only solution that is required. Threats to the security of your network are varied and everywhere on the net. These include viruses, spyware, adware, zero-day attacks, worms, hacker attacks, and denial of service. Attacks are constantly evolving as determined hackers find ways to circumvent every defensive measure that is enacted.
It is no longer enough to have virus protection and a firewall. Organizations also need to understand that a multi-layered approach to security is critical. Data encryption should be a part of the strategic plan. Engaging the services of experts in the field is advisable for businesses to stay current and enact the measures necessary to ensure their operations remain protected.
4 Failing to Understand and Regularly Update Your Network Security Initiatives
Network security threats are continuously evolving. Simple actions like regularly changing passwords are important, but not enough. For example, is your IT department proactive in seeking out security patches? All software should be updated immediately when security patches become available, yet businesses often hesitate to apply these updates, fearing the loss of time involved in doing this.
Measures should be in[place to counteract the potential of lost data due to crashes, damage to equipment, fires, theft, and more. Businesses must have a backup strategy that is regularly implemented. Disaster recovery plans should be in place that include storing data and critical applications offsite.
5 Neglecting the Endpoints to Your System
Employing software that can vigilantly monitor the endpoints of your system is a must. Hackers can breach the security perimeter and explore your files without fear, unless the system is monitored across the entire business enterprise. Without an aggressive internal monitor that detects unusual and suspicious behaviour, your system is open and vulnerable. In order to maintain cyber security at the highest level, contact cyber security experts who can provide advice and the software you need to protect your system.
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