How Secure is Your Data Network?
Network and data security isn’t a battle, it’s all-out warfare. Attacks come often, in varying levels of network security and without warning. Being unprepared is simply not an option, especially in today’s increasingly malicious online world where network security holes in your frontline proliferate.
Is YOUR data network secure?
Network security is an on-going battle. With changing technologies, and staff, performing regular security audits should be part of your on-going plan. Your audit should include your entire infrastructure, especially your computers, network hardware and software and your mobile devices. A successful network security audit can determine points of security weakness, including computers and laptops without antivirus (you would be surprised at the percentage of computers, even in enterprise companies, that lack any type of device security).
6 Tips for Network Security
Your first line of defense against security breaches…well, simply doesn’t exist. There’s no one-way into your network, which is why a multi-pronged approach is absolutely critical. Your security is only as strong as its weakest link.
To help beef up your overall security, consider the following anti-cyber attack and cyber crime elements and tips—in addition to regular security audits. After reading this, hop over to our Network Security Checklist to ensure your various security bases are covered—step-by-step.
While the bulk of your security may lay with one or several individuals in particular, a best practice is to include in your security plan all your IT staff—and non-IT employees as well. Vigilant employees can become good foot soldiers in the battle against data breaches and cyber attacks. Vigilant employees should be aware of best security practices, including strong password protection.
Convincing company employees to employ secure passwords can be a bit like pulling teeth. If too many employees leave your network open to a ‘dictionary’ attack—consider making stronger passwords a requirement. Creating rules about enforced, regular password changes is also a good idea.
Check out our 4 Ways to Strengthen Your Passwords article for more tips.
3. Data Encryption
Stolen data isn’t worth much if the user can’t access it, so implement secure data-encryption processes.
4. Plan for Mobile
Mobile devices have become the bane of many network professionals’ existence. Enforcing network-wide security becomes easier when all devices operate on the same platform. Security issues become more common and flagrant under a BYOD umbrella as you have more platforms to integrate into your security platform.
Our Common Threats to Mobile Security article covers more threats to your mobile workforce and how to combat them.
5. Backup, Backup, Backup
In addition to data theft, a security breach can leave you open to data loss. Be sure to execute regular data backups, preferably with encryption.
6. Layered Security
A single frontline of defense against a cyber attack and cyber crime is a weak strategy. Layer your security to include device- and network-level security that includes both hardware and software.