The security of your IT infrastructure is critical to the success of your business. That is true whether it is in-house or a dedicated server managed by a server hosting provider. Making your data and network as secure as possible involves software, policies, and employee education. And while we seem to be experiencing a rise in the sophistication and frequency of attacks, by taking the right steps, you can stay ahead of the hackers.
How to Keep Your Infrastructure Safe
As an experienced server hosting company, we have worked with companies that have varying levels of IT security. Based on that experience, here are the practices we recommend that all organizations follow to help protect themselves from attacks:
- Use proper passwords. We are surprised by how many people in any given organization use passwords like “abc123.” While hackers have strategies for attempting to defeat even the strongest of security measures, they are surely more than happy to take advantage of the “low-hanging fruit.” Require that everyone at your organization uses strong passwords including upper and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols.
- Provide training to all employees. As part of the onboarding process, you should train all employees in your security practices. This includes making sure they understand the importance of strong passwords. You should also instruct them never to click unsolicited links in emails. And, they should not be fooled by a phone call from a “coworker” looking for help in accessing the network.
- Keep software updated. Of course, it’s critical that you keep your antivirus and other security programs updated. But, the same applies to other software such as operating systems and applications. All of them are enhanced on a regular basis in part to keep up with the latest thinking on thwarting hackers.
- Backup and encrypt all data. Ideally, you want to keep hackers from accessing your network. But if they do breach your defenses, you want to be sure that you have a recent copy of all data that is stored in a way that they can’t get to it.
- Review and update your security processes regularly. IT security is a fast-changing field. The security plan you came up with six months ago may no longer be sufficient today. It’s important that you review and enhance it on a regular basis.
- Get assistance if needed. You may find it challenging to stay on top of the latest IT threats when you have many other tasks on your list. IT security companies do that full-time. So, if necessary, consider getting help from them in developing/revising and testing your security procedures.
Bar the Door to Hackers
IT security is critical to business success. But by taking the steps above, you greatly increase the odds that hackers will avoid your company and look for easier targets. If you have questions about our server hosting or other offerings, please get in touch using the Contact Us form. You can also stop by our facility or call us at 800-935-6527.