Why are convenience stores robbed more often than banks? Simple, a lack of security. When it comes to network security, it is easy for small to medium sized businesses to say “not me”, “they are only after the big guys.” The reality is that attacks on all networks have been increasing year after year as hackers have become more sophisticated, and small businesses are being affected every day by relaxed or non-existent security policies.
Did you know that small and mid-sized businesses were the victims in 40% of all data breaches last year? Small and medium sized business too often feel safe behind a home grade firewall, when what they truly require is something more robust. And so hackers are targeting this big and vulnerable market posing a significant risk for a potential breach, lost or stolen data, or some type of malicious threat.
There are a number of ways DataVelocity helps to ensure that you are at minimum risk:
- Updates – Keeping computers and network equipment updated is one of the most effective steps to preventing a possible network security issue.
- Firewall – A common mistake in small to medium business networks is the lack of a business grade firewall solution. Often business owners are unaware of the difference between having a network router and having a network firewall in place.
- Passwords – Password and password protection are proving to be an area that needs attention when discussing network security. Using sophisticated software and tools, hackers are easily gaining access to small business networks through simple or default passwords
- Antivirus/Antispam – Like firewalls, the grade and quality of antivirus/antispam matters as well. Most people know that antivirus and antispam software are necessary components of network security, but many people don’t realize why business grade in important until their computer or network is infected with a virus, malware, spyware, or a host of other potentially dangerous issues.
No matter the size of your business, network security is a definite requirement for every business in the digital age. If you are worried or unsure of where to start with an internal security audit, our team can help get you on track. Contact us today about your network security.