Last Updated on August 17, 2020 by Christopher G Mendla
Many small business networks are horrendously insecure. One insecure component can devastate your business
The following is a basic list of things that you should do to secure your network.
Vulnerabilities in your small office network can spell disaster. If your systems and office policies do not provide a secure environment, you can find yourself in financial and legal trouble.
The threats range from theft of personally identifiable information belonging to your employees and customers to ransomware.
If you expose PII, especially if you were negligent, you could face legal action. In many cases this could be brought in Federal Court which makes defending your company much more expensive.
Ransomware is where a malicious program is introduced into computers and networks. It encrypts the data. The perpetrators demand money in return for a key to decrypt your data.
Access to your systems could allow hackers to steal goods, services and money.
Running older operating systems and software introduces vulnerabilities.
Many businesses don’t have a good backup plan. Among those who have thought it out, many don’t test their backup strategy on a regular basis.
There are many tools available that will help you analyze the security of your network and computers. Some of these include:
An overall security plan requires policies to control access. There are policies which can be implemented via the systems and there are other policies that should be spelled out in documents such as company handbooks.
Physical access is an important component in securing your organization. With the trend toward remote work due to Covid-19 restrictions, the concept of physical access becomes more complicated.
Physical access to servers. – In many small business environments, the physical location of the server is an afterthought. It only takes someone a few minutes to compromise a system if they have physical access to the server.
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