Business security is one of the most essential things needed in the business world today. Your network not only houses sensitive customer and company data, but also provides you with access to applications that are critical. Besides, your customers depend on you to keep their personal information protected. Defending your business against some of the most common threats is imperative to keeping your business and personal information secure. Some of these threats include:
- Viruses, malware, and spyware: some viruses will scramble and destroy data while others will rewrite code and make your software unusable. A virus can quickly spread and operate in the background unnoticed until most of the damage from it has been done. Malware and spyware can not only cause many problems for your system, but are very intrusive and can capture sensitive information.
- Hacking: There are two main ways hackers cause problems for business computer systems. They either try to overwhelm the computer system with outside information to make it shut down, or somehow enter the system to steal or change information from within. Some hackers try to steal employee passwords or those in the computer system as authorized users.
Luckily, there are ways you can help protect your small business network from threats. Antivirus software is available in a wide variety of names to use on your computer network. Using a firewall is perhaps the most effective way to protect the network your computer is on. A firewall is a piece of hardware or a software program that can help lock out worms, viruses, and hackers that try to use the Internet to access your network. Another way to protect your network is by regularly backing up your data and teach your employees ways to reduce the risks of transmitting a virus.