4 Network Security Tips Progressive Small Businesses are Implementing
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Network security isn’t a topic reserved for massive enterprises with a huge digital footprint. Even smaller businesses have to think about how they’re going to establish and monitor a network so they can be successful both now and in the future.

Network security isn’t a topic reserved for massive enterprises with a huge digital footprint. Even smaller businesses have to think about how they’re going to establish and monitor a network so they can be successful both now and in the future.

Try These 4 Network Security Tips

In case you haven’t noticed, the pressure has been kicked up a notch or two over the past few years. Not only has the quantity of cyber security attacks increased, but so has the ferocity of individual attacks – particularly on small businesses.

Research shows that 43 percent of cyber attacks target small business, with 60 percent of these companies going out of business within six months. These are serious statistics that you can’t overlook or assume don’t apply to your situation.

If you aren’t planning for the worst-case scenario, you’re planning for failure. Here are some network security tips to get you on the right track:

  1. Invest in Fully Managed Services

If you have a wide network and are faced with the challenge of WAN segmentation, then you probably need to invest in SD-WAN. Not only is an SD-WAN the starting point for zero-trust network models, but it’s also a first line of defense for companies with branch offices that lack local firewalls.

The problem is that deploying and operating new SD-WAN technology on your own comes with a series of risks (and a huge time commitment). This is why many businesses are turning to fully managed services with continuous monitoring and maintenance as a solution.

  1. Educate Employees

“One of the biggest cybersecurity threats to small businesses is human error,” NetworkComputing.com points out. “This can include mistakes like leaving accounts open on shared computers, failing to update passwords regularly, accidentally downloading malicious files, and giving away information through phishing scams.”

All of the technology in the world isn’t going to do your business an ounce of good if your employees aren’t trained and educated on what proper network security looks like. Spend time explaining policies and procedures – not just creating them.

  1. Keep Software and Applications Updated

In many instances, a small business network becomes compromised as a result of outdated software and applications. In order to mitigate this risk, you must make a habit of automatically updating when new versions come out. This won’t make you invincible, but it will mitigate considerable risk.

  1. Be Strict With BYOD Policies

You can’t run a successful business these days with addressing BYOD. What was optional just a couple of years ago is now required. Whether you give them permission or not, your employees are going to comingle devices – that’s just the way it is. With a formal policy, at least you have some say over what this looks like.

The key is to set limits and make the policy strict. As business consultant Peter Kowalke explains, “These limitations can include devices that are allowed, web sites that should not be accessed, social network behavior that might compromise security, apps that should not be installed, and employee behaviors that might be possible on a personal device but should not be done when a device is used in a BYOD environment.”

Protect Your Business Now and in the Future

Security isn’t fun. When you think about spending money, there are a lot of things that get you more excited than protecting your network against cyber attacks. However, there are few investments you’ll ever make that will deliver as valuable of a return – both in the short-term and long-term.

Nobody else is going to look out for your business. It’s up to you to throw up defenses and be proactive about warding off attacks, lest you become a statistical data point that future business leaders point to in a case study on what not to do.

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Anna Johansson

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  • All the tips are very useful for every company. if we want to see progress in our business, we must follow these tips. thanks for sharing tips on security.