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Things every business should know about network security

Keywords: IT support companies in Sydney

Every website whether big or small has been the victim of network security at some point of time. There
are multiple examples of network security failures. In today's world of technology where everything is
dependent on internet and technology, no business is immune to viruses, malware and hackers.

What small businesses can do to keep their network secure from hackers and malware attacks? Mostly
the small companies do not have a budget and system which can keep their network secure. The costs
incurred to a company after network failure are far more than what it would have spent on network

There are some important things that every company should know network security:

1. Employees can be your assets or risks. According to a research report, almost eighty percent of the
security breaches take place due to mistakes of the employees. While employees may not intentionally
commit such mistakes, it's their daily actions that put your systems and data at risk. An employee may
open an email attachment that could spread a virus to all the systems within minutes. They may open
unauthorized websites containing viruses and malware. A manager in your company can use the same
removable storage like pen drive on the office computer as well on his home computer infected with
viruses. To avoid such misuse of the company resources in your business, you should educate your
employees about the risks and disadvantages of such activities and create an environment of vigilance in
your company.

2. There is no technique that ensures complete security other than disconnecting your systems from the
internet. The speed with which new viruses are produced, it is impossible for any business to keep its
network 100 percent secure. As per the survey reports, almost 85 percent unwanted emails are linked
to malicious or spam websites and 77 percent of the websites are infected with viruses or malware. You
should have a plan for the dealing with the email security or have an application for corporate mail
security that can filter or block the unwanted emails containing infected links.

So what can you do to make your network more secure? It is important to have a network security plan
for your company. Here are some important points that you must include in your network security plan:

Change your passwords

You should change your passwords at regular intervals of time. Passwords should be difficult to guess
and a mix of uppercase, lowercase letters and numbers. Educate your employees not to share their
passwords with anyone.

Antivirus for all servers and workstations

Antivirus software should be installed on all the systems and servers for protection from viruses and
threats. Antivirus should be updated regularly to protect your systems from latest threats.

Firewalls to prohibit communication

Hardware and software firewalls should be installed on all your systems to block the unauthorized and
harmful data to reach your systems and servers. Firewalls also filter the data that users open and
download on their systems.

Email Spam Filters

Email spam filters are used to filter and block the harmful emails to reach your systems. Spam filters
allow you to choose which emails you want to receive in your inbox and block the email addresses from
which you don't want to receive emails. While there is no method that guarantees complete protection
from security breaches and threats, you should be proactive and create a security plan for the same. The
best method to secure your network is to outsource the security function to a Professional IT support
company. Zero Effort Networking is one of the best IT companies in Sydney that serves small businesses
in Sydney and its surroundings.

For more information on network security and ways to protect your network from security breaches you
may call us at 1300 93 94 95 or email us at info@zen.net.au and we will be happy to assist you.

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