Did you know that in the first half of 2019 alone, more than 4.1 billion data records were exposed in known data breaches? Personal and corporate privacy continue to be at risk as cyberattacks and data breaches become more and more common. With the average cost of a data breach now nearly $4 million per business, now is the time to assess your company’s cybersecurity and avoid common network security mistakes.
4 Common Network Security Mistakes:
Network security oversights or mistakes expose your company’s assets and risk your reputation and competitive advantage in the market. While network security threats exist all over the internet, common security mistakes can leave your company’s networks and systems at risk. Here are our top four:
1. Weak Authentication
Surprisingly, the number one risk to your network is the use of weak, easy-to-remember passwords. This bad habit essentially provides hackers with an unlocked door to your network. To increase network security, enforce a strict policy stipulating that passwords must be unique and robust at each entry point. Requiring employees to change passwords regularly is also essential. Active password-protection mechanisms are one of the easiest and highly effective forms of network security that can properly protect your company data.
2. Lack of Regular Maintenance
Just like any other form of equipment in your business, your network should be regularly maintained to ensure it’s running at its safest. It can be easy to let network security fall in priority if you don’t have in-house IT or a service provider that handles regular maintenance. Hackers can access your network in a matter of seconds if it is not updated regularly.
3. New and/or Personal Devices
Whether it is an employee sharing a USB device or plugging unidentified devices into your network, another common security mistake often made is allowing employees to use unauthorized devices. New, unprotected devices are an open invitation for viruses or spyware. Prevent this common mistake by ensuring any devices that have access to your network have firewalls, antivirus, and any other form of security installed before connecting to your network.
4. Untrained & Unaware Staff
The assumption that every employee on your staff is knowledgeable about network security is a major threat to your data. While it may seem like overkill to train every employee about possible cyber threats, it could be the difference between secure data and a $4 million loss. Employees should receive regular training on basic network security, and they should be kept aware of any new security threats or viruses that pop up.
How to avoid it:
With dynamically shifting trends and technologies, it is easy to make one of these common network security mistakes. As you assess your system for weaknesses, here are a few of the top security trends to look out for in 2020.
Being vigilant about educating employees, enforcing rules, and keeping your network up to date are essential steps in the process. Consider enlisting the services of a managed services provider (MSP) to handle ongoing maintenance and updates to ensure your network is safe, with the proper implements that will identify an attempt to breach before it happens.
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