6 Tips For Achieving Network Security

The network security tips below summarize the steps you should take to guard yourself from intruders, malware and spam.

1. Complete audits & assessments to enhance value

Network security audits and assessments allow businesses to determine if their IT funds are being properly used and help them focus on the areas that create the most value for their business by identifying the strengths and weaknesses.  Most businesses go on to utilize their audit and assessment findings to develop and execute winning strategies.

2.  Know The Limitations of Firewalls

Firewalls can’t do everything. They are often used as a first step to protect you against hackers. However, there are limitations that you should be aware of. Similar to a deadbolt lock on a front door, a firewall cannot inform you of other vulnerabilities that could allow a hacker access to your network. Firewalls also can’t protect you against attacks that don’t go through the firewall, such as wireless networks, dial-up modems etc.

3.  Employees are the biggest threats

You probably have taken all the right measures to secure your network systems from hacker threats. But what steps have you taken to protect your business from your own employees? The Computer Security Institute estimates that between 60% and 80% of network misuses come from within the enterprise.

4.  Stop sharing folders without passwords

Password protected sharing is the most secure way of sharing files and folders. If password protection is turned on, people without knowledge of the password(s) will not be able to access shared folders on the network, including public folders. The only thing they will be able to access is the home group.

5.   Be conscious of the devices you plug in

Be conscientious of what you or your employees plug in to your computer. Malware can be spread through infected flash drives, external hard drives, and even smart phones.

6.   Understand the issue, then find the solutions

Don’t try to find a solution until you understand the problem. That means understanding the risks before determining the level of security measures needed to be applied.

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