Your network security needs to be as adaptable as your business. After all, networks—and businesses—are not static. And though most folks know to cover their bases with firewalls and anti-virus software, there’s more to keeping malicious traffic, hackers, and other security threats out of your network.
Threats to your business are ongoing, and your security measures should be too. It’s wise to continuously monitor your infrastructure so you can adjust to changes in your company’s business, technology, and employee behavior.
Because small businesses are dynamic, you probably implement new technologies on an as-needed basis. For instance, an employee might bring in a laptop and decide your company needs wireless access, so you install a wireless access point. Now the wireless access point needs to be secured, along with the laptop and any other wireless devices. With every network change—from hardware to software to the cloud—you must also adapt your security measures.
Staying on top of your network security is a daily job, but it’s important to take the long view. Follow these six steps to ensure your network is protected:
If there’s one thing you can count on, it’s the ever-morphing nature of security. New hacks are tried and thwarted, and technologies are always on the counter-attack. So it’s important to continually evaluate new security technologies as they’re released and determine if they’re appropriate for your small business.