Time and again, network owners want to know how to keep a network secure. A business network must be secure in order to keep private data from curious eyes and prevent a complete network breakdown. Truthfully, the best way to keep a network safe is through education. Educating all network users about a network and how to avoid becoming prey to malware is key. In addition, configuring hardware and making sure that one person in a company is a network expert are also important steps to take.
Tip Number One: Educate
How can you keep a network with more than three users safe if none of those users know what can cause a network to crumble? The answer is, “you can’t.” Education should also be the first step towards securing a network. Make sure that all users know how to detect a malicious email, when to avoid downloading any free program, and how to spot any possible threat. There are lots of ways to ensure that all network users know about network security from programs that teach users all about phishing to network experts who can be hired to lecture users.
Tip Number Two: Hire a Network Expert
What happens when things go awry? If you are planning on getting together with a team and hashing out a network issue, you might be in for a big surprise. A better idea is to hire a person who knows how to run a network. If you don’t want to hire an extra person, consider sending a current employee to training seminars or providing the right education materials to someone who has a knack for networks. A solid “go-to” guy will be worth his weight in gold when your network crashes.
Tip Number Three: Crack Down on Devices
We live in a mobile and portable world, so it may seem to make sense to allow employees to access a network through a mobile device. From that on-the-road sales guy who logs into your network through an unsecure hotel WiFi to an employee who wants to work in a cafГ© one morning, your network can easily come under attack from the outside. While banning all devices isn’t a practical idea, it is a good idea to limit the number of devices available and to keep an eye on those users who are accessing your network remotely.
Tip Number Four: Learn About Email Encryption
How often does your company send sensitive information via email? All emails circulating within an office and leaving an office should be encrypted - in fact, encryption is vitally important. If you skip the encryption process, your network will be open and available to anyone seeking to take a peek.
Tip Number Five: Configure, Configure, Configure
Network security programs are great, but also useless if they are not configured properly. More often than not, you can’t just install a program and expect it to protect your network. Make sure to read that users manual and be extra sure that you have turned on all the proper settings. Configuration options exist for a reason, make sure you set them.