When it comes to network security, it's easy to think that hackers will only go after the big targets. The reality is that hackers go for the low hanging fruit. If a network is easy to penetrate, it will be penetrated. We see attacks every day against our clients' networks and we proactively take steps to ensure that their networks remain secure.
According to the National Cyber Security Alliance, one in five small businesses falls victim to cybercrime each year. Of those, some 60 percent go out of business within six months after an attack.
There are a number of ways VirCIO helps to ensure that you are at minimum risk:
- Updates – Keeping computers and network equipment updated is one of the most effective - and time consuming - steps to preventing network security issues. Our Managed Updates service reports the update status of each computer daily. Our vetting process keeps out bad updates - something you don't get with the out-of-the-box update system.
- Firewall - A common mistake in small to medium business networks is the lack of a business grade firewall solution. Often business owners are unaware of the difference between having a network router and having a network firewall in place.
- Passwords - Password and password protection are proving to be an area that needs attention when discussing network security. Using sophisticated software and tools, hackers are easily gaining access to small business networks through simple or default passwords
- Antivirus/Antispam - Most people know that antivirus and antispam software are necessary components of network security, but many people don’t realize why its so important until their computer or network is infected with a virus, malware, spyware, or a host of other potentially dangerous issues.
No matter the size of your business, network security is a definite requirement for every business in the digital age. If you are worried or unsure of where to start with an internal security audit, our team can help get you on track.