Your Guide to Tightening Up Network Security3 Min Well Spent

We talk about network security a lot at IT Support Guys. There’s a reason for that. Anything less than a robust network security setup leaves your organization wide-open to any number of threats and attacks. There’s not just one solution that can take care of everything. Network security is an organization-wide effort. From executives to employees, everyone needs to be involved.

Upgrading an organization’s network security can be a little intimidating. This is especially true if you’re unsure of how to approach it. Working with a managed service provider, like IT Support Guys, alleviates a lot of those worries. To provide the best security solutions, IT Support Guys conducts a complementary network assessment for all prospective clients. The assessment gives our team detailed network information so that we can build specialized technology solutions for your organization.

 With that said, let’s go over the solutions you’d become familiar with when you work with IT Support Guys.

Endpoint Security – Optimizing Network Security

First and foremost, you need to make sure all devices are properly secured. This includes employee workstations and company server units. With the rise in Bring Your Own Device policies, employees are bringing more outside devices onto your company network. This makes endpoint security even that more crucial. Anything that connects to your network needs to be secured.

IT Support Guys offers a wide variety of network security tools to keep your network safe. Our recommended security tool is a Unified Threat Management (UTM) solution. UTM refers to a collection of enterprise-level security tools, such as a firewall, antivirus software, spam filter, and a content blocker. Implementing a Unified Threat Management solution onto your network can take care of a large portion of your security needs.

User Best Practices – Creating a Mindful Workforce

In a lot of ways, a company’s staff is its most powerful network security tool. They are also its most significant vulnerability. The end-user has an opportunity to stop a potential threat before it does damage or let it right through with a single click of the wrong link.

Because that risk is so high, you need to ensure your staff is sufficiently trained in proper network security practices and procedures.

This can include quarterly or biannual training to keep security best practices in the forefront of your team’s minds. Another is to set up strong password policies or two-factor authentication. Anything to minimize the risk of having confidential information or data falling into the wrong hands.

Patching and System Updates – Maintaining Your Infrastructure

Developers are continuously updating their software to eliminate vulnerabilities that cybercriminals love to exploit. It’s a never-ending game between companies and hackers that, unfortunately, leaves the user stuck in the middle.

Installing system patches and updates takes time and manpower to complete. Even though they are a necessity to keeping your network secure, software patching policies tend to hit a bump in the road in organizations. Being behind even one update could leave your company open to countless threats and attacks.

A simple way to make sure all software and hardware are up-to-date is to automate the patching and updating process. This allows more time to focus on the overall operation of your organization. The remote monitoring and maintenance system from IT Support Guys automatically updates your business components without the need for an on-site visit.

Network Security Solutions from IT Support Guys

Network security is not something you should take lightly. A click of a link or download of an attachment is all that’s needed to expose your network to the outside world. If you’re concerned your business is vulnerable, it’s time to talk to IT Support Guys.

Our security solutions have been keeping small and medium-sized businesses safe for over a decade. Why not add your business to the list? Call and speak with one of our IT specialists today at 855-4IT-GUYS (855-448-4897).