Businesses of all sizes are greatly reliant on information technology these days for a variety of operations. From bookkeeping and account documentation to communications and industry specific software, companies use technology to keep their daily operations rolling.
Technology at your fingertips.
Availability is a top priority for all our clients. They just want everything to work and be available when they need it most. A broken computer, network that moves as slow as molasses, or an infection can create a very sticky situation stalling your business. Ultimately, time is money and the more time you spend chasing down pesky IT problems, the more potential revenue floats out the door.
Band-Aid solutions leave open wounds for creepy little hellions to wiggle their way in.
Often times, businesses come to us when they’ve tried everything to Band-Aid recurring issues. They are truly looking for a more comprehensive solution. They have seen how the quick fixes and sloppy security measures don’t last and leave openings for attacks. Here are six tips to help you keep creepy little hellions from sneaking into your network.
1. Run a services audit on your equipment.
Make sure everyone on your network is supposed to be there and every workstation is up-to-date with vendor patches and updates. In addition to shoring up security on each device, these audits may reveal additional services running on your servers that are unnecessary or open ports that make the entire network more vulnerable. Fortunately, it is pretty simple to take care of these concerns. However, ongoing review and upkeep are essential to ensure continued security.
2. Update your firewall and router too.
These two devices are often overlooked since they are generally put in place and not seen or touched day-today. However, routers and firewalls should be updated at least annually to ensure the most recent licensing, security updates, and bug fixes have been applied.
3. Disable file sharing on your work computers.
With the exception of your file servers, there really should be no reason to use file sharing services on your laptop or computers. Leaving these services active allows anyone using the same public Wi-Fi network to see all the files located on your device. Disabling this feature will help secure your computer from prying eyes.
4. Use private IP addresses.
If you have a business that uses a Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP), consider locking down your IP addresses. Instead of sitting back and allowing your router to assign IP addresses to devices on your network, lock down the addresses so you can clearly identify suspicious activity in your router logs and smoke out inconsistencies.
5. Implement and maintain antivirus on all your devices.
Antivirus protection or AV, helps prevent, detect and remove infections before they take over your network.
6.Control IT costs.
Some business owners think of their equipment as a one time investment. They buy a handful of computers, a server, a firewall and the software they need to get their business started, then their ready to party! Right? Nope. I wish it was that easy. Technology is not a one-time investment you carve into your business. Overtime your company will require new computers,software upgrades, new tools and even a new server. Don’t wait until things break to develop a plan to replace your equipment or upgrade your software.
Need help? Give us a call. We offer a FREE Network Security Assessment to map out your infrastructure, help you identify vulnerabilities, and learn how to further safeguard your business.