Impenetrable – Making Your Company Unhackable

By VB

Nowadays, when the majority of people are working remotely, cybersecurity is more important than ever before. Working from home has made many companies more vulnerable to cyber attacks, mainly because a percentage of employees is working on personal devices which, more often than not, are not as well protected as the company’s hardware. 

This can leave your company and its data vulnerable. If you want to make your company unhackable, there are some things that need to be changed. 

Encryption

It’s all about encryption these days. That’s what everyone is saying. And for good cause. If you want to make your company unhackable, the first thing you should do is begin by implementing an encrypted connection between your company’s devices and the internet. That way, you can make sure that no one will read or steal your employees’ data. In other words, all of the data will be encrypted, so even if – heaven forbid – someone hacks into your network, they wouldn’t be able to see your data or be able to use it. 

Virtual Private Networks (VPNs)

Data encryption is a great start, but it may not be enough. For extra protection, consider using a VPN. Virtual Private Networks offer their users extra benefits which include further encryption. 

A VPN is an excellent way to set up a connection between your company’s devices and a remote server. It will prevent data mining companies from gathering data about your employees’ internet search history. Additionally, VPNs prevent an IPS from slowing down the connection or affecting how your network performs. If you want to make your company unhackable, a VPN is one of the first things to implement. 

Firewalls

As you might already know, a firewall is a security barrier that protects a company’s network from internet threats such as viruses, pesky hackers, Trojans, and other malicious code. Firewalls are a must-have when it comes to protecting your company from a security breach.

Implementing patch management

Vigilance is key. And fortunately there are dedicated professionals working round the clock in order to maintain vigilance. Patch management is the term given to a fully managed service that updates your software and your devices regularly from a remote location.

More often than not, patch management is carried out by dedicated software. For a list of popular patch management software available for your company, check out this article.

Implement a dedicated PBX

Communication might very well be your company’s most valuable currency. Why then do you entrust it to an uninterested third party? Instead, consider implementing a leading SME PBX system.

With a PBX (Private Branch Exchange), all your company’s communications are carried out internally. You maintain the control over such a value aspect of your business.

Never leave your network unmonitored

Of course, if you want to make your company unhackable, you should never leave your network unmonitored. You may think that’s virtually impossible. But there is software that can do just that. 

By implementing a network monitoring software, you can track any changes or connections that have happened on your devices. In other words, if someone adds something or makes modifications to your network, a network monitoring software will be able to notify you about it. This way, you won’t be caught off guard.

Enforce strong passwords on all your devices

Password protection is only as strong as the password you choose. It’s essential that you enforce strong passwords on all of your company’s devices. Don’t settle for the common birthdays or wedding anniversaries or the names of childhood pets. All that information is likely attainable to a relentless hacker. Instead, create your passwords with a random combination of letters and numbers. 

Avoid using public wifi networks as much as possible

In case you didn’t know this already, when you are connected to a public wifi network, it’s very easy for people to intercept and steal your data. That’s why if you want to make your company unhackable, it’s strongly recommended that you avoid using public wifi networks as much as possible. Instead, opt for a private secured network. Security is too important to be left up to chance. 

Use a 2-step verification system

One of the most preferred ways to protect an online account is by implementing a 2-step verification system. As the name suggests, this system requires the user to enter 2 pieces of information instead of just 1 when trying to access their account from a previously unrecognized device. 

It may seem like a 2-step verification system would double your security, but in actuality the increase in security is much greater than 2-fold. 2-step verification is standard practice these days. And for good reason. It makes your accounts almost impenetrable.

Always have antivirus software installed on all of the company’s devices

The truth of the matter is that the cyberworld is wrought with viruses. No device – especially none that are used by your company – should be left without defence against the myriad of viruses out there seeking to infect unguarded data. 

You would send your child off to school without a warm coat in the winter, nor would you send your infant to daycare without the proper vaccinations. So should it be with your company’s devices. They may not be as important as your children, but they are important, and in many respects, without antivirus software, they are far more vulnerable to viruses.

Conclusion

With viruses, data breaches, hackers, and Trojans etc. there is no shortage of cause to be concerned for your cyber security. Don’t be caught off guard. There are simple steps and accessible software you can implement to stack the odds firmly in your favor that you won’t fall victim to a cyber attack. Be smart and safe. Stay vigilant, always.

©FM