Security has always been a huge priority in IT.  Implementing the right security tools is crucial for every business, regardless of size, to keep your business data safe.

Here are 14 quick tips to discuss with your IT provider to keep your network more secure:

  • Plan on a three-year lifespan for hardware.  Each year past that makes your hardware less efficient and more prone to failure.
  • Your desktops and servers should be robust enough for business use to effectively support the applications your business needs.  (Basic-feature machines from the local big box store don’t count.)
  • Plan hardware refreshes in advance to minimize downtime and budget-shock.
  • 85% of hacking is purely by chance.  Use security tools to make it harder for hackers to break in and keep your data safer.
  • Make sure your switch can keep up with your network speed. An old switch alone can slow your network traffic to a crawl.
  • Wireless signals travel. Always configure the encryption on your wireless access point before you use it to keep it secure from people in the parking lot or an adjoining office suite.
  • For strongest security, you need a more robust firewall than the one included from your Internet provider.
  • Make sure every computer has an Uninterrupted Power Supply (UPS), and don’t plug your lamp into it!  Use a regular surge strip for mug warmers, lamps, or other desk accessories so that the UPS isn’t powering non-critical devices in case of a power outage.
  • When planning a data backup protocol, focus on how you want to restore, then create a backup method to match.
  • You (or your IT provider) should run test restores from your backup at least quarterly.
  • Keep all applications updated, including applying Windows updates.  Not updating exposes your network to unnecessary risks.
  • Updated and managed anti-virus and anti-malware are so important that many IT providers include them as a standard part of their services.
  • Make Internet connectivity a primary consideration instead of an after-thought.  Balance cost and reliability and make sure you buy enough capacity to meet your business requirements, especially if you’re using cloud applications.
  • Do everything you can to create a smooth-running, secure network to help keep your team productive and your business information safe.