Believing that bad things only happen to “other” people is just a part of human nature. Rather than worry over things that feel out of our control, we sometimes assume that they are rare, or probably wouldn’t happen to us, anyway.
The thing is, you probably have more control over preventing these events than you think! That is certainly the case with network security. While incidences of data theft, hacking, and other security problems are certainly on the rise, you absolutely have the power to combat it. To protect your company, your data, and your clientele, here are a few ways to begin assessing your risk.
Number of devices connected to the network. Each device on your network offers a potential entry point for malware and other security concerns. So, much like you install locks on all of your doors or post security cameras to monitor comings and goings, the same can be said of devices on your network. Each one must be secure.
The people using those devices. Of course, those devices don’t do anything on their own. They require a person to power them up and utilize them. Those people can be a liability, especially if they are not well-versed and educated in proper security protocol.
Number of ports open on each device. Each device might have one, or multiple, ports open for communication. These ports can communicate not only with your network, and other devices on the network, but potentially with servers all over the world. If any device on your network is infected with malware, that infection can spread to other devices, which could then potentially be used by hackers.
We’re not sharing all of this to scare you, but to allow you to identify potential risk factors and address them before they have a chance to cause a security breach. You know the saying “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”
On that note, give us a call at 888-RING-MY-TECH. We specialize in identifying all possible risks to your network, and implementing the proper security procedures to minimize the danger.