While the rise of the Internet has made doing business much easier and more convenient, and has made it possible to extend even a small company’s horizons, it has also given rise to a new kind of threat – the cyber-criminal. It is therefore important that you take adequate measures in ensuring that your network is safe and protected from hackers.
Cyber-criminals see small businesses as easy targets because these businesses frequently:
- lack adequate cyber-security plans
- lack the resources to remain up-to-date on the latest cybersecurity threats and corresponding security techniques, and/or
- underestimate their value as a target.
In fact, many attacks are fully automated, enabling their programmers to penetrate the defenses of a small company faster than those of a larger business, allowing more small companies to be targeted within a short period of time and therefore compensate for their potentially smaller individual yields.
How to Protect Yourself
- Have a plan, stick to it, and keep it updated.
- Instigate an effective and secure password policy.
- Set up and install strong security software across your entire IT platform, not just the individual workstations or computers, and keep it constantly updated to guard against the ever-evolving threat landscape.
- Install a strong firewall.
- Firewalls control the incoming and outgoing data from your network, preventing unauthorized access. Firewalls exist in two forms: software and hardware.
- Some operating systems may have built-in firewall, but creating an additional layer of protection can fill in any potential security gaps left by a one-size-fits-all approach.
- Control user access.
- Create a system of user permissions within the IT infrastructure that prevents users from installing unauthorized software or attaching unauthorized devices to the network.
- Protect your wireless network.
- Even if the intended use of your WiFi network is merely for customer convenience, it can nonetheless offer a tempting portal for cyber-criminals to access your network and the central IT infrastructure.
- Password protection, firewalls, and separation of the WiFi network from the rest of the IT infrastructure are just a few security tools that can neutralize a potential threat.
If all these measures sound overwhelming, there’s no need to worry. The professional team of experts at a leading Managed Services Provider can not only design a cyber-security system that is customized to your unique business needs, but they can also ensure that your new security system remains robust and up-to-date, letting you concentrate on your core business.