Desktop and network security management are important for business operations and can be utilized for a variety of situations. Businesses both large and small will encounter periodic security threats, so it’s important to take the proper precautions to maintain a computer network and safeguard it from intrusions. While a home or small office may only require basic security, large businesses may require high-maintenance and advanced software/hardware to prevent attacks from hacking and spamming.
Computer networks are subject to attacks from malicious sources that can be broken down into two categories. The first is “passive,” when an intruder intercepts data traveling through the network. This is noninvasive and can include monitoring traffic, intercepting communications and capturing sensitive information like passwords without the user knowing it. The other is “active,” which is when an intruder initiates commands to disrupt the network’s normal operations. This is more malicious because an attacker may use viruses, malware or Trojan horses to bring a network to a halt. Intruders might attack authorized users or modify data, which can have some serious negative repercussions.
If you are a smaller business with 1 to 15 users, we will examine your network security and determine its strengths and weaknesses. We will then take the necessary measures to protect you from email, Internet and virus/malware attacks. We will also check your Internet router (e.g., Netgear, Cisco) and make sure there are no open ports and that your firmware is current. Finally, we will check to make sure your desktop is being updated regularly.
If you are a larger business, we will look at your firewall settings and check your router to make sure it has been hardened with an appropriate security policy. We will provide you with a solution that will protect your server, desktops and email from attack. We will monitor your network for you, or we can train one of your team members on how to monitor your system for heightened network security.
We also can’t forget about mobile devices. Although they offer inherent advantages and can make your workplace more efficient, they can also be vulnerable to security threats like sensitive data being accessed and larger networks being attacked via mobile devices. Consequently, they require some special attention to keep your business’s mobile infrastructure intact. We will examine how they are being used in your business and make suggestions for how to better protect your business from mobile attacks. Read our mobile network security tips to get started.