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The Bare Necessities of Business Security

The Bare Necessities of Business Security

For a long time, businesses that didn’t have any cybersecurity problems would never consider investing in additional cybersecurity tools. The decision-makers of these companies simply didn’t find it necessary; and many of them had a point (until they didn’t). Today’s threat landscape is much, much more complex than it was only a few short years ago and therefore businesses need to make a point to set up the security tools that will help them secure their network and infrastructure from threats. Let’s take a look at some strategies that work to help modern businesses secure their digital resources:

Implement Secure Wireless 

Having a secure wireless network is extremely important for most businesses today. Not only because it makes it easier to connect devices around the business, but it also gives you the option to provide a Wi-Fi connection that guests and other visitors can use. Unfortunately, that altruism can backfire in a big way. You will want to separate the guest accounts from the productivity accounts to avoid any potential problems with guests bringing malware onto the network. 

Antivirus and Anti-Malware

With so much data coming in and out of a business’ network, it stands to reason that some malicious code will get through. Of course, if this malicious code were to be executed it could cause major problems for your organization. This is where antivirus and anti-malware tools come in. They effectively search your network or endpoints for malicious code and then quarantine it so you can decide what to do with it.

Firewalls

Firewalls do the same thing, but they are set up as a proactive system. It is essentially a filter that constantly monitors network traffic and isolates and quarantines data that may be problematic. What’s best is that they can be set up between any piece of hardware. This gives additional support to all security strategies within a business’ computing environment. 

Password Managers

The password manager is a platform where people can save all their passwords so they don’t have to remember the dozens they create for business and personal use. This does two things: it keeps a repository of all saved passwords, which means that users only have to remember one; and, it provides the impetus for people to really create unique and secure passwords for every account. 

Multi-Factor Authentication

Finally, we get to multi-factor authentication (also known as two-factor authentication). This is a strategy more than it is a workable tool. Essentially, password-laden accounts have the option to give users an additional layer of security by making them authenticate by entering a code or thumbprint or some other form of authentication.

To learn more about how your business can use today’s security tools to secure your network and infrastructure, give us a call today at 607.433.2200.

 

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