Safeguard Your Networks With Good Habits

Cyber security is vital to any business these days. There are countless threats lurking on the internet and any one of them could spell disaster for the company. It’s important to have a sound security plan in place to prevent online threats from making their way into the system and wreaking havoc. Enterprise-class security software can stop most any kind of threat out of the system and prevent malicious code from executing. Firewalls and antimalware software can do a lot to protect a system, but what makes the biggest difference is the habits of the people who access the system. The best way to safeguard your networks it to teach the people that access the network to avoid behaviors that compromise the integrity of the system.

The average business has several terminals used by employees and servers that share data and run the software used by employees. There are vulnerabilities that each part of the system faces, so it’s important that users make sure the system is fully protected. Disabling security software to access certain websites and software could put the entire company at risk. Employees need to be taught that all security software, no matter how unimportant may seem, should never be disabled. The only thing worse than disabling security software is opening up network connections or allowing existing network connections to become vulnerable. Disabling firewalls will allow hackers to easily make their way into the system and steal data as they please. Physical connections in the network will also need to be checked. Employees should be trained in how to identify unknown network connections and data.

Passwords are a very basic type of protection. They offer access control and also help keep track of who is accessing the network. Everyone should make sure they have a strong password. Administrators can do this by adding certain requirements such as a minimum number of digits, special characters, and capital letters to the password creation module. Putting expiration dates on passwords will also help make sure employees update their passwords regularly. It’s also a good idea to restrict access from portable devices that don’t have security software installed or may be accessing through an unsecured network.