Network Tips: Keeping Your Wi-Fi Network Protected

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Here are some security tips for keeping your Wi-Fi network protected.

While our technology and Wi-Fi capabilities are advancing very quickly, Wi-Fi security seems to lag behind. The recent 2017 WPA2 protocol vulnerability is an enormous red flag for where our Wi-Fi security stands, and should be a concern for business owners in all industries. Considering how reliant we are on wireless networks, at home and in the office, it’s crucial that everyone take fundamental steps to secure their Wi-Fi.

Wi-FI Security Policy Best PracticesPolicy

Wi-Fi, particularly company Wi-Fi needs proper security policy. It is critical that businesses understand security threats and carry an attitude of accountability throughout the organization. Starting with a security policy allows you to better understand where you are in terms of security, and where you need to be. It is important that organizations are kept aware of attacks and are continually taking the steps to protect company and customer data.

BYOD Management

Proper network management and protocols for ‘bring your own device’ are absolutely critical. Any devices allowed on the network should be assessed for risk and should first be tested off the production network to determine how they will affect the overall system. If an outside device is compromised, they could easily deliver that vulnerability to the network.

All connected devices should be made as secure as possible and given proper limitations. Any company devices should have regular firmware updates, which often include security patches. For employee devices, security awareness training should be in place to help all staff understand best practices, and their individual responsibility to the company network.

Setting Limitations

You are not obligated to accommodate all devices on your network. It is important that your policy has set guidelines that work for your business. Minimum required wireless security capabilities and the ability to disable credentials are just two examples of authority you can have over your Wi-Fi security.

You should also keep administrative access to a minimum. Whether your wireless LAN (WLAN) has just a few access points or several thousand, administrative access should still be limited and credentials should be changed regularly.

Differentiated WLAN

Company devices, employee devices, and certainly guest devices should not share the same wireless or wired networks. It is important that businesses of all sizes and environments differentiate their WLAN. Setting up various networks is not complicated but is very important. When setting up multiple SSID, you should be sure to set different permissions for each designated network.  

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Regular Security

These fundamental security steps help to protect businesses from small threats and day-to-day vulnerabilities. However, with new ransomware and malware attacks being used all the time, it is important that companies stay on top of their overall security efforts. Working with an outside IT security company can be the line of defense that you really need. It is always good to have your networks evaluated by IT professionals. Many managed services companies offer security options for updates, maintenance, and emergency measures. Keeping your networks up-to-date and monitored by experts is one of the best ways to protect your important data.

CCNY Tech offers contracted services in the area of Network Security. Our team of professionals will work to understand the specific needs of your business and to provide you with the proper management and protocols for your company and employee devices. To learn more, visit our website or call us at 315.292.1046.

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Modern SMB Cybersecurity

There is no doubt that malware and ransomware attacks are a growing threat. Modern IT security is no longer just a major concern for government agencies and large enterprises. It is not uncommon for hackers to attack smaller organizations, wreaking havoc on operations and reputation. Small and midsize business (SMB) cybersecurity is becoming more critical by the day. This involves organizational awareness, prevention, detection, and response.

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Cybersecurity Awareness

The first step in modern SMB Cybersecurity is awareness. It is crucial that organizations in all industries make themselves conscious of threats and best practices regarding security. There are many behaviors that can be carried throughout an organization to help prevent security breaches. It is helpful for companies to have regular security awareness training.

This training addresses things such as suspicious email attachments, network adjustments for BYOD, password strength, and much more. While some of these issues may seem simple, they make all the difference. It is important not to assume that everyone in the company is on the same page when it comes to the significance of their access to the company network.

Although IT teams are being asked to manage and secure connected devices, many are inherently less secure. Employees must understand the increase in vulnerabilities and the organization must set clear policies to reduce risk.

Learn more about what your organization can do with this Guide to IT Security Awareness. Click Here

Managed Services

Managed IT services are a great solution for cyber security. SMBs may not have the budget of a large company to devote to full-time IT security; working with a services partner gives you the benefit of prevention and monitoring by IT professionals, in a cost-conscious way.  

Managed IT allows you to choose the services that fit your business, and set a contracted budget. Not only does this mean that your threat prevention and monitoring is handled by IT experts, but there are also no surprise fees in case of emergency. It is an effective way to protect company and customer data, and to be sure that vulnerabilities are found and fixed rapidly.

Managed security service providers also deploy their own network of sensors to track global activity. This can help prevent zero-day attacks, which pose a particularly stubborn threat to SMBs. When you partner with professionals, your software is monitored and kept up-to-date with the latest security patches and preventative measures.

CCNY Tech offers a wide array of security services to businesses of all sizes, in all industries. To learn more about Managed IT Security Services, contact us via our website or call us at 315.292.1046 and ask to speak to one of our IT Infrastructure experts.

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