How to Improve Your Office Network Security
No business can be completely safe from attacks, data, identity theft or viruses, but you can make it difficult for attackers to penetrate your network. Incomplete or poor security can destroy computer resources, and even bring down a company’s network. Administrators must do all they can to ensure the security of their networks. But for those who have limited financial resources, just knowing where to start and what to use is the biggest challenge. Here are some tips and methods to improving office network security.
Begin with the basics
Virus protection, password security for email, network sites, encrypted pages, documents – these should be the very first elements of network security. If you don’t have any of them, make sure to apply them immediately. If you do, make sure that the requirements are extremely stringent.
Block users from installing software
There will be fewer viruses and less malware to deal with if the users aren’t allowed to install software at will. Yes, it can be a pain when users actually need a piece of software installed because they will need to get administrator credentials before they can do so, but the payoff of less viruses and malware is significant.
Update yourself on current attacks
No system can be 100% secure, because of the dynamic nature of technology. Still, ignorance is no excuse. Read about current attacks to know what hackers are up to, and always apply security software updates and patches regularly to stay a few steps ahead of hackers.
Browsers and email clients make use of add-ons. Some are necessary for work, and some just aren’t. Although there are some add-ons that offer some handy features, it’s not always possible to ensure its ‘validity or security—lurking underneath a handy extension that allows you to create your own background noise could be viruses that want nothing more than to cause trouble.
Do not share networked folders with “Everyone”
When you can’t figure out why one user can’t access a specific folder, it may be tempting to just give everyone access to that folder. Don’t. This action opens up that folder to security issues. If granting access becomes an absolute necessity, only do so temporarily. In this scenario, it’s better to spend extra time troubleshooting why that user can’t access the folder than giving everyone full access.
Monitor the situation
Even if you have scheduled security tasks in place, attacks may still happen. However, by implementing network monitoring software and reviewing the details daily, you can minimize or even prevent attacks before they become large threats. Additionally, you can also use the information to find loopholes in your own network system and close them up.
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