Protecting your network requires almost constant vigilance. You can put protective measures in place, but you also have to monitor whether these are operating at full capacity and whether a new threat is trying to gain access to the network. To stay on top of network security, here are the main tasks that you should be performing on a regular basis.
It is important to implement and enforce a strong password policy and make sure that passwords are changed on a regular basis. If you really want to restrict access, have users take advantage of a program like LastPass that will generate extensive and complete unique passwords that cannot be guessed. This is a more secure and efficient alternative to having users generate their own passwords and trying to track and enforce password policies.
In addition, at the minimum, everyone should be required to use a multi-factor authentication process. This is a simple and effective security tool that is a basic requirement in today’s data-rich world. For even more protection, consider other means of identity verification, including fingerprints, retina scans, and other biometric tools.
Make sure that all data is encrypted. Some of the biggest “hacks” were made possible by the fact that enterprise-level companies weren’t bothering with encryption. In many industries, some level of encryption is required when customer data is being stored, making encryption a compliance issue as well.
Some threats are designed to disrupt business by deleting important data. It is imperative that data is backed up on a daily basis if not more often. Even a non-hacker-related system outage can cause costly downtime. Fortunately, backing up data can minimize the consequences of any type of outage.
Networks are constantly in flux as data, users, hardware and a whole host of other additions expand the network. This can create security gaps and vulnerabilities. Businesses must develop a system for assessing the network and identifying any problems. These tasks can be done in-house with virus scans, testing, code reviews, etc. Some companies take it a step further and hire third-party companies to assess their network. Either way, regular assessments need to be made in order to find vulnerabilities before they are exploited.
Stay Up-to-Date on Regulations
No matter what type of industry you are a part of, there are probably national organizations that create regulations and standards that all companies in the industry must follow. Companies are responsible for staying on top of emerging regulations and ensuring full compliance. Fortunately, many of these regulations are created with security in mind, so following them is a good way to continue to improve network security.
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