- Train your employees on security best practices. The #1 vulnerability for business networks is employees using them. If they don’t know how to spot infected emails or online scams, they could infect your entire network.
- Create an Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) and enforce it! An AUP outlines how employees are permitted to use company-owned PCs, devices, software, Internet access, and email. Having this type of policy is critical if your employees are using their own devices to access company email and data.
- Require strong passwords throughout your company. Passwords should be at least 8 characters and contain lowercase and uppercase letters, symbols, and at least 1 number.
- Keep your network up-to-date. New vulnerabilities are found almost daily on common software programs that you use all the time; therefore, it is critical that you patch and update systems frequently.
- Have an excellent backup. A quality backup can foil even the most aggressive ransomware attacks, where hackers lock up your files and hold them ransom until you pay up. If your files are backed up, you don’t have to pay to get them back.
- Don’t allow employees to download unauthorized software. One of the fastest ways to access your network is by embedding malicious code in seemingly harmless apps.
- Don’t scrimp on a good firewall. Your firewall is your front line defense against hackers, so you need a really good one with monitoring and maintenance done regularly.
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