What’s the point of a high tech door lock if you’re leaving your windows open? Before laptops, tablets, and smartphones, it was much easier to secure our office network and data. Workers were only logging on to your network at work on their stationary computers. Now, workers are logging in to their work network from remote locations. So, how do you secure your network with a growing number of internet-connected devices? Let’s take a look.
Securing internet-connected devices
The first step is to identify all the devices you have in the office that have potential to connect to the internet. Internet-connected devices aren’t just limited to your computers, phones, and tablets. These days, printers, copy machines, kitchen appliances, security cameras, and TV’s can also connect to your network. Even your office thermostat may be able to connect to your network. To secure all of your internet connected devices, you need to know what they are first.
The internet of things
Being connected is great, but the internet of things means that almost every device is now connected – or can connect – to your office network. Hackers are looking for an entry point to your network, and if they have to go through your refrigerator to get access to your entire network, they will. You may not notice the breach for a long time. If you don’t believe us, watch the season 3 of Silicon Valley.
Avoiding network security breach
It doesn’t matter how the hackers got in, once they have gotten access, your entire network is compromised, as are all the devices connected to the network. A security breach may result in sensitive information being stolen, client data being compromised, or your entire system held for ransom. Whatever the goal of the hackers, a security breach is detrimental to any business, no matter the size.
Best network security practices
Work with a local managed IT service provider to find the best network security solutions to protect all of your devices. Our IT experts can guide you towards the best firewalls, anti-virus programs, and cybersecurity measures available to protect your business, your clients, and your employees from being hacked. Utilizing VLANs are also a great way to secure BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) from your important internal corporate network. You also need to make sure that your employees understand the best practices for good computing to securing your network, data, and devices.
One Point Sync offers managed IT services to small and midsize businesses in Denver. We make sure your computer and software are fully protected and secured. We have firewalls, and virus protection software, as well as, proactive ransomware security tools to protect you from ransomware attacks. Get a quote from an IT expert to secure your business network.