When it comes to network security, it is easy for small to medium sized businesses to say “not me”, “they are only after the big guys.” The reality is that attacks on all networks have been increasing year after year as hackers have become more sophisticated, and small businesses are being affected every day by relaxed or non-existent security policies. In fact, small businesses have a fairly large target painted on their backs by the bad guys these days. Why? Small business is typically easy pickings for the bad guys as they do not need to work nearly as hard, they do not nearly have the risk or exposure as they do with the big targets and although the rewards are small in comparison, it is steady work.
A 2013 study showed that 1 in every 5 small businesses networks would be compromised. With the ever-increasing technological advances, it is likely that since then, these numbers have climbed, posing a significant risk for a potential breach, lost or stolen data, or some type of malicious threat.
There are a number of ways TC Computer Consulting in Litchfield, Hartford, New Haven And Fairfield Counties helps to ensure that you are at minimum risk:
- Security Training - The #1 cause of data breaches is the employee. From social engineering to opening up the latest infected PDF file. Cyber security training and continuing education is hands down the best money spent in malware/virus/ransomware prevention. It is so important that it is part of every base service that we offer and we REQUIRE it of each and every client.
- Software Updates - Keeping computers, software and even network equipment updated is another effective and actionable step to preventing a possible network security issue.
- Firewall/Security Appliance - A common mistake in small to medium business networks is the lack of a business grade firewall solution. Often business owners are unaware of the difference between having a network router and having a network firewall/security appliance in place. And for the record, if it is provided by your cable provider, NO, it is not protecting you from much no matter what the fancy glossy ad or convincing salesperson told you.
- Passwords - Password and password protection are proving to be an area that needs attention when discussing network security. Using sophisticated software and tools, hackers are easily gaining access to small business networks through simple or default passwords. This is preventable, and in most cases, an enforceable action item. 2FA or two factor authentication should also be implemented at a minimum wherever your financial or your client's personal information are accessible via a login of some type. This will augment your protection in many cases.
- Next Generation Machine Learning/Artificial Intelligence Endpoint Protection - Most people know that antivirus and antispam software are necessary components of network security, but many people don’t realize that they have become ineffective at preventing the next generation of malware attacks. Sure, these tools will catch the low lying and relatively unsophisticated threats but they are no match for the next generation.
No matter the size of your business, network security is a definite requirement for every business in the digital age. If you are worried or unsure of where to start with an internal security audit, our team can help get you on track.
We hold webinars and seminars on Cyber-security often and we encourage you to sign up for the next one today!