Managing multiple on-premise IT & networking assets while keeping a tab on cloud resources can be overwhelming. When it comes to securing the premises of a company and keeping a tab on employee movements, video surveillance comes in handy. Many companies have come up with advanced video surveillance systems that allow the management to control and oversee everything that happens within the office.

Cybersecurity is a different game altogether. Businesses have more cyber security concerns than ever before, more so because the IT framework is a complicated one, with mix of both on-premise, software, and cloud solutions. What can your brand do to enhance network & user security? We have a few tips below that may come in handy.

Figuring out network security

IT networks are hybrid and heterogenous in nature, and therefore, the approach to network security has to be more proactive than anything. Every company, regardless of its nature of operations and size, must develop a set of policies that will govern network security. Additionally, the following steps can be taken –

  • Focus on using firewalls. Firewalls stand in between your systems & network assets and untrusted networks. The Internet is the biggest source of breach, and using firewalls just creates an extra barrier.
  • Segment your network. Having dedicated networks for different relevant departments makes so much sense. Even if a hacker manages to breach a network, you can be assured that other environments are not impacted.
  • Increase the use of VPNs. If you have to access your network remotely from the internet, consider using virtual private networks, which save your data from the prying eyes of hackers.
  • Figure out the need for alerts. There are detection devices available today, which will alert the management as soon as there is any intrusion in the network.
  • The final step, of course, is about testing. Your network has to be tested and checked for, and if that means hiring a team of experts periodically, do that.

Working on user security

Employees are often responsible for cyberattacks, primarily because they are unaware of how their actions are impacting the organization’s data and networks. Take the following steps –

  • Educate your employees about cybersecurity concerns
  • Make them accountable for their user accounts
  • Ensure all default user IDs and passwords are changed
  • Make sure that passwords are strong and at least 10 characters long
  • Make it mandatory to change passwords regularly
  • Monitor access and add, revoke rights in time.

With these small steps, security concerns can be managed better.