Tip #1 Know what you are dealing with
It’s hard to protect something when you don’t know exactly what you have. “Mapping” out your network will allow for better management and protection. Identify the current state of each device, making sure they are up to date with software licenses and that they have a trust worthy virus protection software in place.
Tip #2 Back it up
Make sure your system is backing up properly. This may seem obvious, but it’s important to know if the system is actually doing the backup like it’s supposed to. This can be done a variety of ways, but make sure you have enough space for the backups you need, and that the backup device is secured properly.
Tip #3 Backup your backup
Just because you have a backup doesn’t mean it’s going to work. You should test the backup regularly, and have a second or even third backup option in place. Redundancy is absolutely important in the IT world. It’s best to have a mix of on-site backups like an external hard drive or cold server, and cloud based options that are housed off-site. Consider recovery time also, not all options are created equal.
Tip #4 Know what’s protecting you
Make sure you have all the right equipment in place. Do you have the proper router? Is the firewall sufficient? Is your antivirus software working? You should know the answer to these questions, because if you don’t, you are likely vulnerable.
Tip #5 Train everyone
It does no good to have the greatest infrastructure with the greatest backup plans if your employees are leaving the front door open for the bad guys to come in. All employees need to understand the threats that their actions can expose the company to, and they should be taught how to properly use your network. Create a policy, teach it, and make sure it is followed. Otherwise, problems are bound to sneak in.
There are many more ways to protect your business systems, but starting with these 5 tips will give you a head start. To be absolutely sure you are doing all you can, seek out a professional IT management company that can implement long term, proactive strategies for you.
By taking the steps now to proactively secure your network, you can prevent what could be hours of work, thousands of dollars, and mountains of stress later.
For additional tips, or for more details, contact PCM Senior IT Consultant Derick Turner by email Derick@utahB2B.com or through http://www.utahb2b.com/