The continuing growth of technology in the workplace helps companies run efficiently and effectively. However, businesses must be aware that although technology is necessary, it also brings threats to their computer security and network security.
Bad links and spam are threats that are extremely easy to avoid but also easy to overlook and cause viruses, hacking, and malware if not taken seriously. Individuals make attempts to attack a company’s environment every day. To avoid or eliminate these threats, training your employees along with having procedures in place is crucial. One bad link or click to open an attachment can be catastrophic to security.
- Install and Keep Antivirus Software Up to Date
For IT security, finding the right protection software is the first step and then maintaining it is the second. Free internet provided software that is not managed may work for a one-person office, but for small to mid-sized businesses those anti-malware programs are not adequate protection for a growing company fighting against ever-growing threats.
- Training Employees
Businesses need to make sure their employees are trained computer security and on how to protect their devices while at work. For example, being careful on what is clicked on and what URL’s are visited. Avoid banners, ads, downloads and popups that offer a service or promise or look suspicious. Stay away from URL’s that end in unfamiliar top level domains i.e., websites that don’t end in “.com, .org, .gov, ect.” Also, be smart when clicking on email links or attachments. If a business staff is not aware of the right network security, a link that looks safe can corrupt programs, other machines, and destroy or compromise sensitive information.
- Preform Daily or Regular Scans with Antivirus Software
Although preforming daily scans may seem like a no-brainer, for a busy company this task might get put on the back burner. Due to the volume of threats, doing complete scans of a systems hard drive will add another layer of protection on top of solely having the antivirus software installed.
- Keep Device Software Up to Date
Whether it is on a cellphone, laptop, or desktop computer, routinely updating its software can help prevent or fix bugs that could be exploited by hackers. Developers of the software are always issuing security updates that can fix any leaks within in the system making computer security stronger. Since new viruses and malware are being created all the time, the software being used is only as good as its database. Without a current operating system that machine is left open to hacking.
- Have a Backup Strategy
Having a thorough backup strategy is important just in case there is a network security breach. At the very minimum, every organization should have a backup of their data offsite. If virtualization is being used, virtual machines, hosts and the management console should be backed up, which will help getting back up and running that much easier.
The main pathway viruses and malware attacks a system is through the internet. Since no one method is good enough to protect computers, companies need to layer their defenses by using the tools listed above for their network security and computer security. For small to mid-sized business knowing how to spot a threat as well working with a managed service company to find the right antivirus software is necessary. Once put in place, businesses can focus more on growth and their practices than threatening viruses and malware attacks.