Step 7: Pay Attention To Removable Media…
Removable media should be left as the last resort when working in a small business, for several reasons. The first one is, undoubtedly, that they could be carrying malwares and could pose a significant threat to your system.
That’s why, when you are using one you should always make sure they are scanned for malware and encrypted, before transferring any type of media.
The second reason is that it fragments your data distribution, thus making it easier for vital information to get lost or end up in the wrong hands.
Before authorising the use of any removable device, produce a policy to control all access to them, instruct your employees to limit the type of media they are exchanging, and scan all files before transferring.
Step 8: Fortify Your Network Security…
To defend against external threats you need to work carefully on strengthening your network security. Every information exchange might be potentially lethal for your network, and that’s why one of the bigger risks lies in your internet connection, and why you want to protect it. That’s easier said than done, and you might want to ask experts for help, at least in the beginning.
As previously implied, building your network security requires you to reinforce the safety of your internet connection.
In order to do so you should implement strong policies, and appropriate architectural and technical responses.
Given the complexity of a business’ network, try and assess -with the help of an IT consultant- which areas are more at risk and enforce your security there. Pay particular attention to where you store your data, as it could easily be the first target a hacker is aiming at.
Step 9: Work On Malware Protection…
What is malware? Simply put, is a malicious software program that, by accessing your system -through unsupervised file exchange, for example- could have an undesirable impact and make unwanted or even lethal changes. You probably know them by one of their most common names: viruses, trojan viruses, worms, etc… The term “malware” is just an umbrella term for all these threats.
If a malware makes its way into your network, it could result in the destruction of your data and your computer’s system.
That’s why protecting your devices is of the utmost importance and you must have some kind of malware protection installed.
This goes along with instructing your employees in detecting possible malware in phishing emails.
Step 10: Implement Your Configuration System…
When setting up new devices in your business you should dedicate some time to check the manufacturer’s settings they come with, and modify them according to your security policies.
Make sure you apply security patches, and that secure configurations are applied to all your devices.
You should also create a software inventory, and a baseline build for all devices used in your company.
Every instrument or device you use on a daily basis must be up to your company’s security standards, because neglecting that could be dangerous and significantly damage your work.