When businesses are growing fast, network security is typically not the first thing on a small business owner’s mind. A general perception is that attacks only occur on larger organizations as they have much more to lose. The reality is small businesses are breached every day, and the impact from a legal and perception standpoint can derail the entire business.
Data breaches are so common these days that they barely make the news. Even significant events that affect millions of people warrant little more than a minor notice. But you do not have to take these dangers lying down. You can fight back by making sure you are taking all the necessary steps to protect your network and your customers. Here are three warning signs that your SMB’s security practices may be falling short.
1. You Give Unlimited Access to Everyone
Every employee you hire is a potential asset for your company, but those new hires could also become serious threats. A large percentage of data breaches originate from the inside, so protecting your network from hackers is not enough.
Are you providing more access than your workers need to do their jobs? If you do not restrict access by job role or department, you could be putting your entire network at risk.
2. You Have Not Blocked Your USB Ports
The USB ports on your networked computers may be convenient, but they are also vulnerable. The same is true of writable DVD and CD drives; anything that allows data to get written to portable media is a potential security risk. Have you locked down those devices across the board?
Placing a blanket block on USB ports and preventing the creation of CDs and DVDs is essential to network security. However, many businesses fail to address this issue. Locking down the USB ports and CD writers may seem like overkill, but in this age of data breaches, you can never be too careful.
3. You Have Never Conducted a Security Audit
If you have never conducted a full-scale security audit of your network, you cannot be entirely sure of your data’s safety. Conducting this analysis could reveal flaws you might have missed and provide tips for making your data even more secure.
Conducting a security audit of your network may seem unnecessary and unobtrusive, and it can be time-consuming and tedious. Even so, it is the best way to know that you are doing everything you can to ensure the safety of your network’s data, as well as your customers’ private information.
Whether you are a business owner, a manager or a key decision maker, you cannot afford to take network security for granted. From hackers and ransomware writers to insiders bent on destruction or ill-gotten gain, the risks have never been higher. If you recognize any of the three dangers outlined above, it is time to take action.
If you fear your network may be at risk or are interested in learning more about network security, check out our We’re On IT: Managed Security Recap. We also host a monthly cyber security webinar the last Tuesday of every month, register here or check out last month’s recap.
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