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The Do's & Don'ts of Business Network Security

You and your employees send sensitive information over your business network every day—from customer records to intellectual property. With more information stored in the cloud and transferred between servers, you need to be diligent about your network security. Know what to do, and not to do, to avoid a breach.


Do:


Back up everything.

Save three copies of everything. There should be an original for regular access, a backup for yourself, and another backup off-site. This off-site backup could either be in the cloud or in a remote hard drive. Set these copies to update automatically, so you don’t have to spend time keeping these files in sync.


Use multiple security measures.

Network security is a multi-layered strategy. Include anti-virus and anti-malware programs on all your devices. Add in two-factor authentication, which means that getting someone’s password won’t allow someone into your system without a secondary component—such as a fingerprint scan, cellphone verification, or key fob. You may also add other features such as IP blockers and encryption.


Don’t:


Make everyone an administrator.

An administrator is someone with the power to alter security settings, install hardware, and the person who has the most access to files. It is a position that should only be held by upper-level members of the company who have had network security training.


Limit the permissions of everyone else on your team to those associated with their role. This limits the number of people who can inadvertently manipulate your setup and also make it harder for someone with malicious intent to wreak havoc from their computer.


Send private information over email.

Email is not secure. Assume that anything sent over email will not be private, so avoid communicating sensitive client information or financial details such as your credit card information. Instead, all sensitive information should be encrypted.

No matter how large or small your business is, network security should be a priority. You will be in good hands with C2XCEL. As a top consulting company we offer a full range of security and telecommunications services for small- to mid-sized organizations. Our state-of-the-art products and cutting-edge technology can mobilize your business, streamline operations, and improve cyber protection. Learn more online about our capabilities. Set up a consultation by calling (844) 422-9235.

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