Keeping Your Small Business Computer Network Safe

A computer network can be a great benefit to your small business. However, if left unprotected, a network can make all of your information vulnerable to any unauthorized user. In order to take advantage of everything a network has to offer, it is important to install proper security measures. Here are 8 steps we recommend to keep every small business computer network safe.

Make everyone sign on

Centralized sign-on security systems are a great way to authenticate your users. Every single employee must use a username and password in order to access any information on the system. When entered, the system compares the credentials against the company directory to make sure that this person is authorized to enter the network.

Keep those passwords strong

Of course, sign-on security systems do little if the passwords are easily hacked. It is important that you establish a strong password policy that prohibits the use of traditional words. Encourage difficult-to-crack passwords that have at least 8 characters and use a combination of upper and lower case letters, numbers and symbols. It is also wise to set up an expiration date for every password (i.e. every 60 or 90 days) so that your employees are forced to keep their passwords strong.

Set up a guest network

If you have a lot of people visiting your office who need access to the Internet or other basic computer functions, it is wise to set up a guest account for them to use. This will prevent any guests from accessing critical company data.

Build a firewall

A firewall is a barrier that checks all information entering and leaving your network. It protects your system from unauthorized users outside your network from gaining access to your information. It also helps blocks malware, spam, and other malicious items from entering your system.

Don’t forget your anti-virus software

While a firewall is an important step in your security system, it works best when you also have a strong anti-virus software. Make sure that your software is updated and run regularly in order to catch the new threats that pop up every single day.

Be smart about encryption

There are several areas of your network that you should choose to encrypt. The first is any files that could cause severe problems if lost or stolen. The second is any devices that leave the office (such as laptops or mobile devices). The third is your wireless access points, so that no one can wander into your system. Encryption gives you an extra measure of peace that even if your data were to fall into the wrong hands, it would still be unreadable.

Lock up your equipment

Every network system has equipment that is valuable. A smart business will ensure that this equipment (such as your server) is kept under lock and key. Not only does it prevent theft, but it also protects you against potentially damaging accidents.

Always backup your data

Even the best networks can have problems. It’s important that you backup your most critical information in either an off-site or a cloud storage facility. This way your information is protected - and available - even if the worst was to happen. By following these security measures, you can know that you are doing what you need to do to keep your small business computer network safe. To double check your network, talk to you Digity Tech Advisor today. He will check your entire network and help ensure that you are fully protected.