Top 5 fundamentals of Securing your Business Network

Networks in a business are essential to protect especially with personal information stored on it. Our top fundamentals

The Network in a business always needs to be secure both offline and online. Our top five fundamentals will help stress the importance of the damage that can be caused if you’re left unprotected. 

The easiest way to describe it to you is a motorcyclist riding a motor bike without protective clothing. The consequences can be deadly and life changing if an incident occurs. 

1. Secure your VPN (Virtual Private Network)

A VPN allows data to be stored securely that only you and your colleagues can access. Even though we say securely, it still poses a risk to hacking and being took over by cyber criminals. Once the hacker finds a way to access your VPN the damage can be disastrous as they can view any data within that Network.

The best possible action to take and what we would recommend is that you use some of the following tips:

  • Include an extra step to access the VPN such as a PIN which will make it more difficult to gain access.
  • Restrict user access 
  • Taking extra precaution when allowing mobile device access (e.g. checking any vulnerabilities on that device).
  • Use a firewall which will separate the VPN to public Networks.

2. Use strong passwords

Under any circumstances should your password be less than 8 characters, so if you’re reading this and your password is 7 characters or less, change it now. When creating a password you need to make sure it’s hard to guess, it contains all sorts of characters and numbers without it being any of your personal information.

***A password is supposed to be something hard to guess, not something easy for your to remember.***

3. Manage user access

When so many people access a VPN or access it without the main people in a business knowing unauthorized access can be missed. The best way to monitor access is by putting a procedure in place so anyone who would need to have access gets the permission first. 

There needs to be a number of people who employees report to to request access. In smaller organisations there can be just one or two people but as long as the permission and monitoring is there then any suspicious activity can be flagged immediately and resolved quicker.

4. Get rid of inactive accounts

Inactive accounts still contain personal information and just because the account is inactive by you the information is still there unless you completely deactivate the account yourself. 

Cyber criminals use inactive accounts to disguise themselves to obtain information about others. If this account is shut down then it limits the hackers chances of your personal data becoming exposed.

5. Keep all software patched

Anything that notifies you to update your PC or applications you should action right away as they are designed to patch up any vulnerabilities in the system. If the updates are left for too long this can provide the hackers with an opportunity to gain access to either your PC, email, applications etc. 

We would strongly advise that everything is updated regularly, whether it is daily or weekly it needs to be done.

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