Hackers receive so much attention; you would think that they are solely responsible for every network security breach. The truth of the matter is that negligence is a culprit causing most damage to company networks. We list four of the most common IT security oversights that can lead to major damages to your business network.
Not Educating Employees
The majority of security breaches can be attributed to human error. By simply educating your employees on the proper use of the network, and what things to look for regarding malicious email, you can save yourself both time and expense from having to clean up after a potentially harmful data leak. Do you have network security policies in place? Taking the time to educate your employees on how to follow these policies will go a long way in keeping your data safe.
Not Restricting Network Access
This oversight has amplified risk, especially to offices that have a wireless network which allows everybody and anybody access to the network with their personal devices. Restrictions and allowances to network access are the front lines in the security battlefield when it comes to your network. Harness the power of devices capable of a Unified Threat Manager. Giving different people different levels of access to your network is a great solution. This will leave you worry free about who is accessing files that they shouldn't.
Not Performing Security Updates
Hardware and software manufactures work consistently to provide us with security updates for their products to help protect our networks. Forgetting to install a new security patch can leave your network defenseless to the ever present and evolving world of cyber-attacks. In some cases, installing an update only takes a couple of clicks. Security updates are commonly addressed as a managed service helping to ensure that this task will get done.
Not Having an Employee Termination Procedure
When you terminate an employee, it's important that you also terminate their access to the company's network. Often this is done even before you fill out the pink slip. It's good to have this denial of access procedure enacted in order to prevent theft of sensitive company data. Managing the various points of access to your network is one of many technology management concerns.
Although every network is unique and comes with its own unique set of security risks, proactive standardized management of a network is the solution to this critical problem. Technologies will always be changing. Technology Management identifies these risks and allows for proper planning to thwart technical business risks.