When it comes to network security, it is easy for small to medium sized businesses to say “not me”, “they are only after the big guys.” The reality is that attacks on all networks have been increasing year after year as hacking has become more profitable. Small businesses are being affected every day by relaxed or non-existent security policies which make them choice targets.
A 2013 study showed that 1 in every 5 small business networks would be compromised. With the ever-increasing technological advances, it is likely these numbers have climbed. This poses a significant risk for a potential breach, lost or stolen data, or some type of malicious threat.
There are a number of ways JK Computer Solutions in Southern Illinois helps to ensure that you are at minimum risk:
- Updates – Keeping computers and network equipment updated is one of the most effective steps to preventing a possible network security issue.
- Firewall - A common mistake in small to medium business networks is the lack of a business grade firewall solution. Often business owners are unaware of the difference between having a network router and having a network firewall in place.
- Passwords - Password and password protection are proving to be an area that needs attention when discussing network security. Using sophisticated software and tools, hackers are easily gaining access to small business networks through simple or default passwords.
- Antivirus/Antispam - Most people know that antivirus and antispam software are necessary components of network security, but many people don’t realize why it’s so important until their computer or network is infected with a virus and mitigation costs begin to balloon.
No matter the size of your business, network security is a definite requirement for every business in the digital age. If you are worried or unsure of where to start with an internal security audit, our team can help get you on track.