Your data is the heart of your business. You must have a strong security strategy to prevent criminals from attacking your network and causing irreparable harm to your business. 

Take these critical steps to make sure your business and data stay secure.

Use Physical Tools to Protect Your Network

Physical security is just as important as your online security. Follow these steps to make sure you keep your network safe from all physical and cyber threats.

  • Include physical security measures like cameras and an alarm system.
  • Conduct vulnerability assessments and determine which equipment you have is most valuable.
  • Keep your most valuable devices locked away in a secure location. Give access only to employees who need them to do their jobs.

Control Who Has Access to Your Network

Control not just who has access, but how much access they have. Use these steps to keep a tight leash on who can access your network, and how much access they have when they get in.

  • Make sure employees use long, hard to guess passwords that use lowercase letters, uppercase letters, numbers, and symbols.
  • Use multi-factor authentication to prevent unauthorized access should a password be stolen and used on your network. Additional authentication requirements can be an SMS code to your phone or a fingerprint.
  • Segment your network, so if a criminal accesses one part of your system, they can’t access your entire network.
  • Limit how many devices can be on your network at any given time.
  • Limit the software that can be downloaded and installed on your network devices.

Use These Software and Hardware Solutions

Install and maintain these solutions to prevent issues on your network before they happen. 

  • Install a firewall to decide what kinds of content can be accessed on the network and to repel intrusions.
  • Install antivirus and antimalware programs to scan your network for problems, such as worms, trojan horses, or any other kind of malware.
  • Create a data loss prevention policy to prevent misuse and unauthorized distribution of data.
  • Do periodic checks to locate and fix any network vulnerabilities.
  • Keep your hardware and software up to date.

Back Up Your Data In Case of Catastrophic Failure

A data backup is the best protection against ransomware, system damage, and Murphy’s Law. Bounce back immediately from data loss with these simple steps.

  • Create an off-site backup of your data.
  • Make sure your data backups are easy to use so you can restore your systems instantly.
  • Maintain a frequent data backup schedule.

Educate Your Employees on Cyber Threats

Your employees may be your first line of defense, but they can also be a cybercriminal’s easiest way into your network if they’re unprepared. Teach your employees the basics of cyber threats and how to protect against them.

Ensure they have a clear plan to follow for prevention and if a breach occurs.

Frequently Test Your System to Keep Your Data Protected

Data breaches can cause irreparable damage to your business. Customers won’t trust you with their data and will be far less likely to deal with you in the future. Follow these steps to keep your data as safe as possible, as soon as possible.