Network Security Tips for Large and Small Businesses

Know Who, Why, and How One is Targeted: It is no longer good enough for businesses to think they are not vulnerable to an attack. Many attacks are not even targeted attacks. Hackers often send a wide range of emails in the hopes they will get a response. Targeted attacks are more dangerous as the hackers target a specific business and their key information such as finances, SEC filings, personnel…etc. A targeted attack looks for sensitive information and the network server becomes the main target.

Anti-DDoS Solutions: It is important to have efficient DDoS protection. When a DDoS attack occurs, resources such as processing power, storage capacity, and bandwidth, are overwhelmed and drained, leaving no resources for legitimate traffic requests. The software works by analyzing incoming traffic and filtering out any malicious packets. This prevents the server from being flooded with traffic which stops normal server functions and takes the server offline.

Maintain the Most Current Security Software: It is essential that every business makes sure they have the latest security software protection. Because there are always emerging viruses, Trojans, worms, and Malware, it is important to have the latest security software that provides complete protection against malicious elements that are designed to penetrate the server. You can find quality security software solutions that offer complete protection against the latest threats. As well, make sure you are continually updating your security software.

Think Before You Click: There are security rules that should be followed by everyone in the business. Don’t click on anything in a received email. Be wary of spear-phishing attacks seeking competitive intelligence or corporate espionage, so don’t click on any advertising links in an email. Use unique email addresses to keep password reset emails to a minimum. Delete email requests for information requests regarding personal information, financial information, and asking you to reset your password. If you receive a password reset notification in your work e-mail instead of the address for your website, immediately delete it.

Patch Often: Patching is absolutely necessary to maintaining security. Set a day and time each month to do all of your patching. As well, make sure you update your hardware. The risk of malicious software from P2P (peer to peer) networks is high so don’t allow P2P for your business server. As well, unpatched servers should never have access to the Internet.

Today, because there are so much malicious activity taking place online, businesses must take information security seriously. If they don’t, they are at risk of data theft and expensive outages.

Source by Chris Armer