- use of a commercial grade firewall
- endpoint protection software
- proper patching
- updating software programs
- and—last but not least—strong data backup.
These security solutions are key to securing your network and data, however, one task often ignored is employee education!
As an employer you will want to be certain your employees understand how important securing data and your network is to company productivity.
Once you have established the importance of security, then train employees on the basics.
Here are the “5 key security basics” to train and implement with your staff. All of these will aid in protecting your network and business data.
You also need to change your password on a regular basis. For our managed clients we often discuss and schedule network password change prompts.
There is not enough space in this post to go over all of the potential dangers that lurk in your email.
Be on alert and follow these guidelines.
If an email asks you to click on a link - look carefully at who the email is from and where the link is taking you. You can hover over the link to see the address of the site that it will be taking you to.
If it does not look familiar, do not click the link.
Always keep this in mind: email is not a secure transmission.
Think about your email content as if someone is looking over your shoulder as you type. Never put sensitive information in an email, such as account numbers, passwords, social security numbers, credit card numbers, etc.
3. Cloud file storage services
4. Use of personal phones and tablets
2. Use strong passwords for all apps (particularly banking apps) – don’t have your device save or remember these passwords
3. Beware of using public Wi-Fi hot spots like the ones you will find at many coffee shops, restaurants, hotels etc. Using a private hot spot or VPN is a much safer choice.
4. Keep your apps up-to-date when a company puts out an update it is improving the security.
5. Enable a specific “lock-out” period where a password is required when the device locks itself after a short amount of time not in use.
5. Social Media
- Don't install unknown apps
- Don’t click on pop-up windows that state your computer is infected (even if the pop up states it is from Microsoft)
- Don’t download pirated software
- Don't use public Wi-Fi