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When it comes to network security, it is easy for small business owners to say “not me”, “they are only after the big guys.” The reality is that attacks on all networks have been increasing year after year as hackers have become more sophisticated, and small businesses are being affected every day by relaxed or non-existent security policies.
A 2013 study showed that 1 in every 5 small businesses networks would be compromised. With the ever-increasing technological advances, it is likely that since then, these numbers have climbed, posing a significant risk for a potential breach, lost or stolen data, or some type of malicious threat. As of late new threats such as ransomware have crippled businesses and put them in such situations that cost not only financially but does damage to their reputation as well.
There are a number of ways PowerTech Services helps to ensure that you are at minimum risk:
A common mistake in small to medium business networks is the lack of a business grade firewall solution. Often business owners are unaware of the difference between having a network router and having a network firewall in place.
An all too common issue is that employees spend more time surfing sites for personal use such as facebook, shopping, and other sites which in turn opens the door for malicious software to backdoor into your network. With content filtering you can control where your employees go, what they do on the internet, and report on it as well.
E-mail is the cornerstone of communication these days and it’s estimated that most small to medium sides business rely on email as their main way of communicating. SPAM is becoming an avenue for problems to enter into your network and do harm. Having robust filtering in place allows for automated protection that is measured against a set of rules. In essence it protects you and your business from email that you don’t want.
Most people know that antivirus and antispam software are necessary components of network security, but many people don’t realize why it’s so important until their computer or network is infected with a virus, malware, spyware, or a host of other potentially dangerous issues. We offer several different anti-virus options.
We provide solutions that protect against infections caused by many types of malware including; Viruses, Worms, Trojan horses, Spyware, Ransomware, and Adware. These come in many forms and enter your computer and network in many ways from surfing the web, email, documents, USB drives and more.
Password and password protection are proving to be an area that needs attention when discussing network security. Using sophisticated software and tools, hackers are easily gaining access to small business networks through simple or default passwords
Keeping computers and network equipment updated is one of the most effective steps to preventing a possible network security issue.
No matter the size of your business, network and cyber security is a definite requirement for every business in the digital age. If you are worried or unsure of where to start with an internal security audit, our team can help get you on track.
In addition to our many services we also offer monthly IT contracts that help simplify and minimize your costs. They can be scaled to meet any size of business.