Wondering what the Top IT Security Actions to Protect Internet Connected Networks are?
Almost every business operating today depends on computing technologies to conduct their daily operations, whether that’s invoicing clients, paying suppliers, tracking inventory and jobs, or paying their staff.
Because IT is such an integral part of the business, every company holds lots of information that is critical to their daily operations. This information has become a favourite target of malicious actors, who spend a lot of effort probing networks for any vulnerabilities that they can exploit in order to either steal this data or encrypt it and hold the access to ransom.
TLC Solutions has a dedicated team that keeps up-to-date with the latest tactics employed by hackers so that we can offer the best cyber-security protection to our clients and help them develop practical cyber-security frameworks.
Here are our top IT security actions to protect internet-connected networks you should know.
Adopt Endpoint Protection
Security threats can access corporate networks through your company’s mobile devices, tablets, and laptops. As a result, we highly recommend you adopt business Endpoint Protection software on every device as the first layer of defence for these pathways.
Use a Firewall
One of the most effective strategies to defend yourself against any cyber assault is to put your network behind a firewall. A firewall system, which we can assist you with, will stop any brute force attacks on your network before they can cause any damage.
Firewalls act as guards between your device and the internet and are one of the most critical barriers in the fight against cyber dangers like viruses and malware. Ensure the firewall devices are appropriately configured and verify them regularly to verify they have the most recent software/firmware updates loaded, or they may not be as effective as they may be.
Creating Individual Employee Accounts
Having many people using the same credentials can put your organizational data at risk. Each user should have their own login information to access your systems
Hardening applications and networks
Organizations should remove any non-essential access points and eliminate unneeded accounts to prevent Internet-connected equipment and infrastructures from being compromised.
Programs should be evaluated and only installed if they provide a useful business function. Staff should not be allowed to install their own devices into your network without prior approval.
No matter how cliché it might sound, having secure passwords for each user account and application is essential. Remember, it can be risky to use the same password for various accounts. If you reuse the same password, once a hacker has your password, they have access to your entire system and any applications you use.
At TLC Solutions, we recommend having separate passwords for each application you use as it’s a great way to improve your security. You might also need to change the passwords frequently to help you keep yourself safe from external and internal dangers. Having user account passwords also helps enhance accountability amongst various users.
Encrypting Wi-Fi with passwords
Wireless fidelity, abbreviated as WiFi, has become necessary for almost all organizations in the modern tech-driven world.
On the flip side, having WiFi on your network can be a major cyber-security issue. Our experts at TLC Solutions warn that having any infected devices on the corporate network puts your entire organization at risk.
You can always mitigate the risk by allowing your staff and clients to enjoy free internet access while on your premises by segmenting the public access away from the corporate WiFi network
One of the safest things we recommend for you is securing your WiFi networks. Remember, thousands of devices can potentially connect to your WiFi network without even entering your building. The great news is that a simple measure such as encrypting your Wi-Fi can go a long way to safeguard your data.
Providing staff training on any adopted cyber-security frameworks can be an effective action towards protecting your networks. TLC Solutions believes in communicating your cyber-security strategies clearly and in an easy-to-understand form. Ensure that everyone understands what’s going on in with the firm in terms of cyber-security and that everyone has a role to play in the fight against cybercrime.
Close Monitoring And Management Of Administrators
Having administrators in a shared network is common, and the administrators are mainly in charge of the other users. But this might not be the case for cyber security management; you might need to enforce monitoring and management of administrative privileges.
At TLC Solutions, we have always championed creating different administrative levels. At the very least, your administrative accounts should not be used as the primary accounts of your IT team, and only be used when they’re actually needed.
Managing Personal Devices
Having been in the tech space for years, TLC Solutions strongly advocates for companies to provide staff with the necessary equipment, including laptops, desktops, laptops, and mobile devices. Network users may be able to conduct business using their own devices if the company allows it, but there must be a robust control policy in place.
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