Weekly, if not daily, we hear about a network security breach through the media. These breaches are costly and have cost American businesses millions, just last year alone.
According to IBM reports, the healthcare industry remains the most vulnerable, receiving the highest losses per year. There are several ways to secure your network.
- Install and monitor firewall performance
- Update passwords
- Create a virtual private network (VPN)
- Advanced endpoint detection
- Use spam filters and delete spam emails
- Encrypt files
Install and monitor firewall performance
A firewall is essentially your computers line of defense from threats. It is designed to block unauthorized access to computers and networks.
Just as hackers are becoming more sophisticated with their approach, firewalls have had to step it up as well. The latest firewalls are integrated network security platforms that consist of a variety of approaches and encryption methods. They all work cohesively to prevent breaches.
Update passwords frequently
Most platforms today require passwords that contain a minimum of 1 uppercase, 1 lowercase, letters, symbols and numbers. As an additional security measure, companies are also requiring employees to regularly change any personal passwords used on systems that have access to business networks.
Every 3 months is the recommended frequency, but of course more often is better.
Many businesses require two-factor authentication to connect to the network. This adds an additional step to the normal login process. In addition to entering a username and password, users may also need to enter a code they receive via text or by another means to connect to a system or Wi-Fi network.
Creating a VPN
With millions of people working remotely due to the pandemic, there’s has been a 300% increase in reported cyber crimes since COVID-19 began. VPNs create a secure connection between remote computers and other “local” computers and servers.
These networks should only be made available to people who should have access to your systems, including your wireless network, and to equipment that’s been authorized in your network settings. A VPN can dramatically decrease the likelihood of hackers finding a wireless access point.
Advanced Endpoint Detection
This is a technology that uses AI to watch for indications of compromise. The technology collects and analyzes information from network devices, then identifies security incidents, fraudulent activity and other threats. In order to respond more quickly, these solutions employ a high degree of automation to enable security teams to quickly identify and respond to threats.
Set up filters and delete spam emails
Phishing emails are crafted in a way to not only entice your employees to open them, but they are often set up in such a way to appear like the real deal. Spam filters are not 100 percent fool proof, but they catch a wide range of junk on a regular basis and should be utilized. If something appear suspicious, do not click on it.
Encryption can protect sensitive data on Windows or macOS using software specifically designed to mask your IP address. You can identify whether a website has been secured using encryption by looking for “https” in the address bar along with a padlock icon.
For more information on how we can help you secure your networks, please contact us.