Business security used to be as simple as keeping cash in a safe and remembering to lock the door on your way out. As technology has rapidly evolved, 21st century businesses face more security challenges than ever, primarily around data security. News of phishing scams and data breaches leave many small and midsize business owners wondering whether they’re doing enough.
Here are several security solutions every business should consider. If you haven’t implemented most or any of these approaches, speak to a Utah managed IT services team about increasing your IT security.
Antivirus software is designed to detect and destroy malware and viruses. This software constantly seeks out malware using the most up-to-date knowledge of common and uncommon threats. While antivirus is generally automated, it must be monitored to ensure it remains effective against new types of cyber attacks.
Full Disk Encryption
Superior encryption can be a complicated process, one that small in-house IT departments may not be able to undertake. Regardless, encryption is a necessary security for any business, including yours. Full-disk or whole encryption, included with many managed IT services plans, doesn’t stop at your files and emails. It encrypts the entirety of your hard drive, which protects portable devices like laptops and tablets. Only authorized users should have access to these devices, and whole-disk encryption ensures it.
Firewalls protect your business from external attacks by monitoring the incoming and outgoing traffic on your servers. Firewalls establish barriers between your own secure, trusted networks and the untrusted networks found on the internet. There are many different types of firewalls, and each offers different levels of protection against different threats. Your company should consider both software and hardware firewalls to monitor activity on each device and within the network as a whole.
Remote Device Security and VPNs
Mobile device management is another component of a comprehensive security strategy, especially for companies whose employees sometimes or often work remotely. First, the devices themselves must be secure in case they get lost or fall into the wrong hands. Mobile device management keeps unauthorized users out by maintaining secure and frequently updated passwords, automating necessary security updates, and quickly troubleshooting security concerns. Security training also helps keep devices secure by helping employees spot possible issues with software, including email and other cloud-based apps.
Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) are another necessary security measure for remote workers. A VPN allows employees to securely connect to your network from their home or another location by creating a “tunnel” that protects encrypted data as it moves throughout the network. This means even public wifi connections are safe.
Could your business security use an upgrade? Our managed IT services team can help you implement effective security solutions.