As we rely more heavily on technology in our daily lives, we’re more prone to things going wrong. As you adopt more online applications and software programs, you open your business to more security threats. Rarely do network security features keep up with the malicious malware as programmers can’t protect your data from threats that haven’t yet been developed. That’s why you should make sure you work the following into your 2019 plans.

Back Up Everything

If you don’t have a back up plan for your business’s data you’re vulnerable in one of the worst ways. Not having a secure copy of your customer’s information, accounting data and everything else you need to run your business can put you out of business. If your company information is taken by one of the ransomware programs, you have three choices, start over, close your business or pay the ransom. If your data is backed up securely, you simply have your IT professional remove the threat and install the back up.

Mandate New Passwords

If you don’t already require periodic changes to your employee’s computer passwords and various software, now is a good time to require a change. One of the leading causes of network security breaches are weak passwords. While you’re requesting the change, make sure that you’re using secure length and have some rules in place so that password 123! isn’t allowed. Make sure all passwords are at least 8 characters, don’t include company, individual or login information and contains at least three of the following:

  • Uppercase letter
  • Lowercase letter
  • Number
  • Symbol

And never allow a word spelled correctly as a password. It’s easy for AI hacking programs to figure those out. Better yet, consider two-factor authentication for your most valuable data.

Know Who and What is Connected to Your Network

Although employees like to connect their cellphones to the company network, it’s not the best idea. Cellphones can allow malware and viruses onto the network, even when they don’t affect a device. If you are in an area where your employees don’t have good data and need connectivity, have them connect to a guest network that protects your main network. A guest network is an excellent idea for vendors and visitors as well and aid in your business’s network security. You never know what they may have on their laptops or tablets.

If you don’t have someone within your organization who is helping you protect your data or want to learn more about backup options and other network security options, call Toucan Technology Group. We’re an Indianapolis based mobile IT company who helps small businesses with their everyday IT needs. Call (317) 376-4874 and schedule your network evaluation and learn about our hourly and retainer services.

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