With the upcoming GDPR update coming into force in May 2018, and the increasing number of publicised security breaches which some of the biggest companies in the world have experienced, internet security can be one of the biggest stresses for any business. It doesn’t matter where the employees are based, on site or remotely working from home, security needs to be tight regardless.
The more points of access to a business’s network, the more points of weakness there are for hackers to gain access. One of the main tools for hackers are Trojan delivered cyber-attacks, and this silent type of attack is worrying for all businesses, as well as off putting for businesses wanting to implement remote working.
However, there are solutions that can help secure business broadband and reduce those security vulnerabilities and concerns.
Educating staff on the impact of Phishing emails, as well as suspicious emails that could potentially carry spyware/adware or Trojan viruses should be a high priority for every business – even when it comes to checking personal emails on the business network. Those emails that look like they are from the bank, or from the IT department, asking people to log in or verify details to gain access to other information will automatically install files on to the network as well as individual machines to crawl for data whilst corrupting the system.
To avoid these emails in the first place, the business network needs a robust spam and email filter that is able to pick up inconsistencies within the email and clear them before they get in to the main infrastructure of the network. To protect the network itself a solid firewall (with regular updates enabled for new cyber attack methods) should be installed, with regular scans of the network and access points to check for any weaknesses.
Another helpful tool is a privileged access management solution that identifies everyone who has access to the network of the business and makes managing the roles of each individual easier; restricting access to information that not everyone needs access to – for example financial details or IT infrastructure details.
Monitoring software can provide some prevention towards attacks and give a business time to shut down important systems to protect sensitive data.
If your business uses Wi-Fi/WLAN, then make sure you are securing it with WPA2 rather than WEP (which is easily broken into) or WPA. Make sure guest networks are separate from your business network to comply with GDPR too.
Make sure that all your systems, firewalls, protection is up to date on a regular basis and your network audited to reduce the weakness points. Include internet and email usage policies in onboarding handbooks for new employees and provide training for new technology changes to keep your employees aware. It is the responsibility of the business to keep its data secure and a costly error if it is not dealt with as a priority.
If you are concerned about the security of your business, our team will happily recommend one of our partners to audit your network whist we check your phone system and help you make the required changes to keep your employees and your data safe. Give us a call today