Hackers who get into your company’s computer network is a growing threat in the Information Age. Business owners have to protect themselves against cyber-attacks, customer credit card info theft, and other malware intrusions.
While larger firms may have substantial IT departments to assume the duty of protecting the firm’s data, in small-to-medium-sized companies, the top executives often have to wear multiple hats to protect the company’s network.
Here are three fail-safe ways to keep your company secure and up and running!
1. Usage policy
Define specific guidelines for a solid and clear Internet usage policy. Limiting where your employees can go online solves a lot of issues, but every policy of this type should always make sure it prohibits any unauthorized downloads.
Additionally, the IT department should have oversight to block any bit torrents and/or adult sites, two of the easiest ways for a network to incur malware. The policies should also discourage any use of company addresses for non-company business. Employees that use them to register on websites risk opening themselves and the network to spam and computer viruses.
2. Cloud computing
Cloud computing is essentially a storage service on a secured server. Companies hand their data over to third-party providers, who host it behind the scenes.
The idea is that businesses no longer have to worry about storing and managing their information, and can rely on someone else to provide that particular aspect of the infrastructure. It not only features potential cost savings, but empowers companies to be more agile and mobile.
Security is often the primary issue for companies who consider the move to cloud computing. Among specific concerns raised by these organizations are data leakage, malware outbreaks, insider sharing, and hacker thefts. If you turn your network over to a third party, you want to be sure they have a clean track record of preventing these type of activities.
As a cross-check, requesting third-party security audits is always wise. It’s definitely one way to help ensure the security of your cloud provider. Don’t forget to investigate their subcontractors to make sure they also pass muster.
It’s imperative that the cloud provider provide you with the physical locale where they will be storing your data. You want to be sure it’s in a jurisdiction that doesn’t play fast and free with other people’s information and privacy.
3. Enforce physical security
Clientfit Consulting is a premiere IT service based in Los Angeles. Their motto is to “keep their clients technology in shape, so that they can focus on running their business and keeping their clients happy.”
In the company’s blog post, “5 Ways to Keep your Company Network Safe,” Clientfit says they “believe strongly in keeping a company’s routers, switches and servers physically secure.
“Keeping this equipment in a locked room can prevent anyone from tampering with this equipment. One of the most common causes of a software security breach is a physical security breach. Once a person has physical access to your equipment, the damage that can be done is endless.”
The Internet is the lifeline of today’s business owners. Whether a company succeeds or fails often hinges on how well it’s able to leverage the conduct of online business. However, as the inherent risks of Internet usage increase, the three areas of concern outlined above should be a strategic starting point for securing your network from future threats.
As Clientfit is quick to point out, “these days, network or system downtime means lost revenue,” which — as we all know — is just bad for business.