- Written by Compudata
- Published: 25 Feb 2022
Network security can be challenging for businesses, but it doesn’t have to be. By following some simple practices, you can level up your security measures considerably, without investing a ton of time, effort, or resources into it. Here are three ways you can improve your business’ security practices without breaking the bank.
Encrypt Whenever Possible
The practice of encryption inherently makes your data and communications much more secure. Essentially, encryption is the act of scrambling your data so that it is unrecognizable and unreadable to any onlookers without the decryption key. As you can guess, encryption is helpful because it allows you to secure data from anyone who might try to use it for nefarious deeds. Some of the most common ways your business can implement encryption include a virtual private network (VPN), which encrypts traffic to and from your in-house network and any connected devices, and data storage. However, you can use encryption in many other ways, too. Contact us to find out how your business can implement encryption!
Implement Multi-Factor Authentication
If anything has been made clear in recent years, it’s that the password on its own is not enough to keep sensitive information safe and accounts from being hijacked. Instead, we like to recommend multi-factor authentication as a solution. Essentially, multi-factor authentication is when a user needs multiple factors in order to obtain access to an account. These measures might include something you have (a smartphone, for example), something you know (a password), or something you are (a biometric). We recommend you use at least two of the three options when setting up MFA for your business. Doing so creates more barriers of entry for potential hackers and security concerns.
Practice Zero-Trust Policies
Zero-trust policies essentially provide your organization with the ability to effectively guarantee that anyone accessing important data on your infrastructure is who they say they are. If they cannot verify their identity, then they are not granted access to your infrastructure, period. This goes for executives as well as your average office worker. This type of zero-trust can be difficult to monitor and maintain for some businesses, but for those who can make it work, we highly recommend it.
Your business shouldn’t have to compromise when it comes to security. To learn more about how you can improve your protections and establish appropriate policies, reach out to Compudata at 519-652-5664.
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