Is your business network secure?

It’s a question you can’t afford to ignore. The reality is that, by 2021, cybercrime will invoke a stunning $6 trillion in global costs. And the effects aren’t relegated to the biggest players, like governments or Google – 58% of malware attacks are perpetrated on small businesses.

The bottom line is that, whether your business is big or small, network security is a critical issue.

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The news isn’t all bad, though. While it’s impossible to protect against cyberattacks with 100% certainty, you can drastically minimize the risk that your business will be affected by taking the proper steps to prepare your network. And if you’re prepared, you’ll be in a much better position to respond quickly and effectively should an incident occur.

With that in mind, here are 10 business network security tips to keep your business secure.

1. Empower your users.

The first tip isn’t technological, but it is impactful: empower your users with training and education so that they understand the importance of cybersecurity and know policies and best practices to stay safe.

Your network security solution can be a technological marvel, but if your users are untrained in cybersecurity, you’ll be vulnerable to incidents. Most cybercrime capitalizes on human error.

Provide basic education on best practices. Comprehensively communicate security policies. And continue periodic training to keep cybersecurity top-of-mind.

2. Choose strong passwords.

This could be compiled with user training, but it’s worth breaking out separately. Strong passwords are incredibly important, easy to implement, and seldom enacted.

Don’t pay lip service to the importance of strong passwords. Make your passwords a priority.

There are plenty of tips to generating and storing strong passwords. Find a solution that works for you and your business and stick to it (at least, stick to it until the standards for strong passwords change).

One weak password can compromise information across a huge swath of online accounts. Make your passwords strong, and ensure your users do the same.

3. Enact sound policies.

Constructing your business security policy can feel like bureaucratic busywork, but it’s an important step in ensuring security.

Policies are the basis for defining best practices as they relate to your business. They’re the framework for maintaining compliance. They’re a helpful tool in communicating security tactics to users.

Carefully craft and communicate your security policy, and your network will be better protected.

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4. Invest in spam blocking.

Now, we’re getting more technologically tactical: invest in spam blocking.

Spam attacks are still a potent network security threat; in fact, in 2018, 92% of malware is still delivered via email. Website forms are vulnerable, too; one study found that 90% of ecommerce clicks are orchestrated by bots.

Intelligent spam blocking can go a long way toward preventing the delivery of harmful messages, greatly reducing the risk that spam poses to your business network.

5. Filter malicious sites.

Your business should be able to restrict access to malicious sites.

Whether employees navigate to harmful sites purposefully or by accidentally clicking malicious links, the reality is that the result puts your entire business network at risk. Don’t let that happen.

Consider investing in a security solution that can monitor and block site access at a granular level to increase your network security.

6. Manage application usage.

Malicious sites aren’t the only entryways cybercriminals use to compromise business networks. Applications themselves can also represent vulnerabilities.

Whether through failed patches or other means, compromised applications can allow cybercriminals access onto your entire network, putting your business and your data at risk. Implementing a tool to manage application usage can protect against this scenario.

For example, if you can monitor, schedule, and refine application usage to user roles or groups, you’ll be able to prevent compromised applications from enacting harmful scripts or attacks.

7. Implement easy-to-use software.

Finally, your business network is much more likely to stay secure if you deploy protective software that’s both robust and easy to use.

Ideally, network security should be monitored and maintained inside of one, simple system – it makes management easier. Attempting to coordinate security efforts through a myriad of disparate systems, on the other hand, is difficult.

Accordingly, easy-to-use software is more likely to be implemented effectively.

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Cybersecurity is a critical consideration for all businesses. With WatchGuard Total Security implemented by Medlin Communications, you’ll be able to have peace of mind knowing that your business network is comprehensively protected.

With URL filtering to help you avoid malicious sites, powerful antivirus protection, and application controls to guard user devices, WatchGuard Total Security’s intuitive, all-in-one solution gives you the tools you need to stay secure.

To learn how it could protect your business, get in touch with us today.