When thinking about network security, our minds initially consider computers, tablets, phones, firewalls, and antivirus software. Network security encompasses those tools and endpoints. We must defend our endpoints and create an impenetrable firewall to protect our network from cyber-attacks. Most modern companies understand the need for network security precautions and implement a defense plan that involves standard tools and protections. Unfortunately, with the continuous development of the technology industry, new security threats evolve at a faster rate. Your network is vulnerable to these new threats. Although you protect your conspicuous endpoints, other avenues remain susceptible to cyber-attacks. We accumulated a list of proverbial “back doors” that you inadvertently forget to secure to prevent a potential breach.
- Routers: Routers offer cyber-criminals access to your entire business network. Think of a router as the gate to your stronghold. The fortress is only as strong as its entrance. Often, out of laziness, routers keep their original name and passwords. Hide your network name from public viewing. Default passwords lack the strength of a password you create. Fortify your network, starting with a complicated password. Use eight-plus characters, including capitalized letters, special symbols, and numbers.
- Smart Technology: The aesthetics of your office encourage employees to enjoy their work life. Modern office designs value appearance and lifestyle, along with psychological cues to elicit productivity and positivity. Also, businesses desire to maintain their social responsibility and operate with the earth in mind. Owners often furnish office spaces with smart technology such as smart bulbs, thermostats, refrigerators, appliances, locks, outlets, and more. While these smart devices enhance organizational culture, they tack on new gateways for cybercriminals to access your network. If your company uses smart devices, create a separate network for them. Most routers allow you to run multiple networks at a time. Separating your smart devices from essential endpoints like your workstations prevents cybercriminals from accessing your data through your smart devices. Keep your smart devices up to date with current security features and patches.
- Human Error: Unsurprisingly, human error accounts for a majority of network security breaches. From employees falling for phishing scams to inattentive visitors browsing on your WiFi, cybercriminals exploit humans’ careless tendencies. Create a guest network intended for non-company devices of guests and employees. Educate your employees on cyber-criminal methods such as phishing.
- Building Security: Many security cameras and keyless entry systems require connection to your network. Like all devices, hackers exploit their vulnerabilities if you fail to protect them. Change all default settings and run another network for your security devices. Running multiple networks disperses the access points to your crucial information and lowers the risk of a calamitous security breach.
Devices such as smart lightbulbs seem innocent and offer considerable advantages for your office. As a technology company, we firmly believe in incorporating contemporary technology into your office if you implement stringent security measures to neutralize the vulnerabilities smart devices create. Security breaches hamstring large companies, but they can potentially destroy small businesses that lack the financial resources of large companies.
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