Keeping your Business Network Safe - The Role of Your Employees
In today's workplace, there is an important emphasis on network security. Businesses allocate time and financial resources towards security monitoring of their network infrastructure and peripheral units. But who is watching the company's most valuable resources — the ones most likely to create a security risk without even knowing it?
Here are a few tips to get you started.
||With a little bit of effort and a good amount of information, companies can minimize their network security risks by properly training their employees.
Remember, the best security measures can't help you 100% if your employees think they are free to open any attachment or click through to any website.
- Develop Policies and Procedures
Your employees need to know what your rules are regarding computer use and safety. Put it in writing.
- Keep Machines Clean
There should be limitations on what programs can be installed on work computers. Some programs may open security holes that hackers can use to get to the data on your network server.
- Enforce Strong Password Policies
The passwords on your company's computer resources should be strong (a mix of upper and lower case plus numbers and symbols).
- Be Smart about Attachments & Links
Teach your employees to not trust attachments and website links in emails. Phishing emails use many tricks to appear legitimate, but they are not. Spammers even send emails that appear to be from friends or colleagues with the endorsement of a 'great' website to visit. Be sure your employees avoid these tricks.
- Be Clear about Backing up Work
Let your employees know if you routinely back up their computer or not. If not, provide them with some resources to back up their own work each day.
- Speak Up about Computer Issues
Tell your employees they should speak up about changes they notice on their machines, especially if the computer is running slow. That could be a sign that it has been compromised, and a hacker is using its resources.
Are you ready to get serious about employee training and network security?
If you have any questions about network security, feel free to contact us. eNet Systems can work with your business or organization to provide a Security Check-Up and even train your employees. Let 2014 be your most safest computing year yet. Call us at 281-403-9561 to get started or email us right now.
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