Security tips for Networks

In business, networking your PC’s together is useful. However, this opens you up to security breaches from outside. Here are some steps you can take to ensure the safety of your data.

Employees

The first line of defence can come from your employees. Educating them in internet safety and how to spot potential breaches. Have a cybersecurity policy in place and make sure that your employees understand how important it is to follow the guidelines within. Knowing what to do with old devices and how to backup data correctly will help keep it from getting into the wrong hands.

Security software up to date

Ward off attacks by keeping your security software up to date. Do this often as new virus databases are updated. Windows security is updated often and so make sure you allow the update to take place. Keep your routers software up to date too

Use two factor authentications

If you use cloud services, then if you are given the choice to use two factor authentications, then please do so. This also applies to your phones apps, if they are also networked onto the Wi-Fi.

Passwords

Secure passwords are vital in securing any data. Try to use a password generator to create a strong password. Just random words or letters strung together can make for a very strong password.

Firewall

Use a firewall, not just the one supplied on windows, but also the one on your router. A potential attacker will scan for open ports, the firewall will lock down those ports stopping the attack in its tracks. If your router allows you to password protect the firewall too, then that is even better. Set it up high for business.

Pinging

If you set up your router to block pings, then any time a potential attacker sends out a ping request your network will not respond, leaving then thinking there is nothing to attack. Your network becomes virtually invisible.

VLAN

A virtual local area network, is a way of splitting up your network. As not all devices need access to each other or the same archives, you can set up passwords and permissions that divide the network up. So that even if an attacker gets in one device, they cannot access them all.

VPN

If you do not want to be tracked, whilst searching online then, a Virtual Private Network is very useful. You can also set up a VPN to allow remote users to access your network, shielded by the same firewall and technologies you have put in place.

If you need help setting up these on your router and network, then please talk to us.