The ever-changing IT landscape opens new, unforeseen doors to hackers. It seems like companies spend more time protecting their IT network than operating the business they started. Something must be done in order to make it possible for businesses to operate without the constant threat of hackers. Until a universal solution is designed, the following are some ways to tighten up security for your network and company data.
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Start with Qualified IT Personnel
When it comes to your company’s data and network security, it is essential to have a team that is fit for the task of managing critical systems. For this reason, working with a trained data security specialist, with a master degree in information assurance from a respectable institution, is a good place to begin. Such individuals will know how to make sure your data is being protected by the latest technologies. They will also use the latest standards and best practices for optimal security in your IT department.
Practice Proper Cyber Hygiene
According to Iapp.org, nearly 50-percent of all data and IT system breaches arise from employees failing to practice proper cyber hygiene. From introducing malware, viruses, worms and other malicious hacker-driven tools on company IT networks to being easy victims to phishing scams, improperly informed employees become one of the easiest avenues of exploitation hackers rely on in the modern tech war. Training employees to practice proper cyber hygiene goes a long way to preventing the bulk of unnecessary data and system leaks.
The Hacker from Within
Since companies look for every way to cut corners to save money, one area this should not occur is in employee background checks. Hiring an employee who has been involved in malicious hacking-related activities in the past and has access to your IT-network is never a smart idea. Even if this individual does nothing harmful you can identify, they may easily alert holes in your company’s network to outside hackers who will quickly gain the upper hand and penetrate your system’s security efforts.
Obscuring System Feedback
A hacker depends on knowing what is going on with your system to determine if they have gained access. Setting your system to produce false feedback is one of many methods for tricking hackers into having to work harder to get inside. This makes your system more than just password protected; rather, this is using your in-house system to actually fight back.
Whenever new technology hits the market for securing a network, you can be sure hackers will be hard at work to identify any key vulnerabilities. A smart business owner will take the time to consider that measures beyond simply protecting their systems from being breached, a process that is key to winning the war on network security. Anything that can be done to force hackers to waste time getting nowhere fast will turn the tide and put the IT-system security advantage back in the hands of businesses.
By Anica Oaks