network security

4 of the simplest ways to achieve better network security

Every other day, another company is hacked, breached, and left to fend off viruses of epic proportions. Or at least … it seems that way.

At this point, suffering from some degree of a cyber attack is basically just another aspect of running a business. It’s expected; it’s normal, and it’s certainly not surprising.

This being said, cybersecurity is still important. In fact, it’s more important than ever. While cyber attacks have become something of a daily occurrence in the business world, you should still do everything within your power to avoid bringing your business into that mess.

To do that successfully, here’s what you need to keep in mind.

Be selective.

There are only a few people who have access to your home, right? In other words, you don’t let just anyone have a key to it … you’re very particular with that sort of thing. And rightly so.

This same concept holds true for your technology.

You should remain highly selective with the members of your team who do or do not have access to certain things. For example, does everyone in your company need access to a folder created for an ongoing project between two people? Maybe. Maybe not. But if for some reason they do need access, should they all have editing rights? Probably not. These are the sorts of things to consider when granting access to people within your company.

Believe in passwords.

Passwords matter, and they matter a lot. The right password can mean the difference between a company-wide data breach and a failed attempt – which is saying a lot.

At the end of the day, all you really need is a password that is difficult to guess. Don’t overanalyze it and create a super complex password you can never remember. Instead, build a reasonable phrase and pair it with strategically placed capitalizations, numbers, and characters. There are a variety of ways to accomplish this that will leave you with an easy-to-remember, yet hard-to-guess password.   

Prioritize, prioritize, prioritize.

Every part of your company doesn’t need to be equally secured. What this means is that, for instance, you don’t need to protect your apps as much as you need to protect your mission-critical business data. It’s easier to re-configure an app than it is to recover lost or stolen data.

While this may seem a little off-putting, think about it. If you’re spreading yourself and your resources thin trying to protect everything equally, then your security as a whole will probably suffer. So instead of protecting everything, you’re not really protecting anything.

Sure, you still need to do your best to give every piece of your business some degree of protection; however, you should direct the majority of your attention towards the pieces that stand to have the most impact on your business – like client data, private communication, and payment information.

The more they know, the better.

Security can be a tricky thing – mostly because many of it is user-based. In other words, a user can be the ultimate deciding factor on whether or not your network remains secure.

From the passwords they use to the links they click, users can have a dramatic impact on the security of your network. They’re the ones who will let a virus in, give away information to a hacker, and become the indirect result of a massive data breach. If you ever expect to avoid situations like these, then you’ll need to train your employees on the do’s and don’ts of cybersecurity.

This is twofold. First, you need policies and procedures in place that show employees how you expect things to be handled. And secondly, you need regular internal trainings on new threats and security best practices. These two simple additions to your cybersecurity strategy can help keep your network secure for much longer.    

If you need help securing your network, feel free to send us a message. We can help your Denver Metro business better protect its network from hackers, viruses, and internal threats.