Our 10 information security tips to tackle network security, ensure compliance and bolster your defences to protect against cyber attacks
Top 10 Information Security Tips
There’s no denying that information security is the future of IT. Open any newspaper and you’ll read story after story about the latest cyber security incidents. Despite how commons attacks have become, a lot of businesses don’t take simple steps to protect themselves.
We condensed dozens of sources into 10 clear information security tips you can action today. Use our top 10 information security tips to close gaps in your network and prepare your business for every eventuality.
1. Know Your Infrastructure
Are you aware of all devices on your network? Make an asset list of all PCs, servers, portable devices, routers, firewalls and any other devices in your organisation. It’s also worth labelling your devices with a unique reference number for easy identification.
Knowing your infrastructure is the first step towards improved security. If you’re a small business with limited devices IT management is far simpler, but in larger organisations, infrastructure can quickly become complex. Identifying and itemising your assets will ensure you know your site well, so you can manage it more effectively.
2. Monitor Around the Clock
Can you pinpoint the moment an issue occurred in your network? Do you know when the last change was made on your server?
Monitoring your network digitally records all actions and incidents that occur. This allows you to monitor potential information security issues, spot underlying trends and to prevent issues getting out of hand. Once setup, 24-hour monitoring gives you a complete overview of your network from a single management portal. In a world where information is power, monitoring equips you with the knowledge you need to make informed business decisions.
Our 24/7 monitoring service tracks your infrastructure in real-time recording all changes, updates and issues. This service provides you with detailed insight and allows us to proactively iron out potential issues before they become critical. Our team have full oversight of your system performance, and we can pinpoint weak areas that may put your network at risk of information security breaches.
Do you understand the greatest issues you face? Are you aware of the greatest possible consequences of not taking action? Have you assigned resolution responsibility to a dedicated person, and can you measure their improvement progress so far?
Prioritisation will help you understand your greatest risks so you can focus on risk mitigation. Conduct a risk assessment, map out all potential consequences and put resolution plans in place. Stick to your plans and set goals for when individual issues will be resolved.
We can help you identify and eliminate gaps in your organisation. Our IT security assessments probe your network and identify potential issues that may put you at risk. Our assessments also provide you with action items to boost your organisational protection and improve the performance of your systems across the board. You can action your plan in-house or our team can carry this out on your behalf as part of an overall IT improvement strategy.
4. Close Gaps
In today’s digital landscape, defence is the greatest form of attack. Once anomalies have been identified, it’s vital that you take action to prevent your issues from becoming critical. Action is always the keyword to information security improvement. Assign a plan of action to every potential issue and assign a resolution date. Measure yourself against progress and don’t stop until you’re as secure as possible.
Consider outsourcing this side of information security management if you lack the skill required to adequately protect your organisation. We offer a range of information security services that make information security improvement simple, effective and professionally managed.
5. Ensure You’re Compliant
Is your documentation up to date? Do you have appropriate records and protections in place? With compliance a growing concern for many industries, it’s vital you are prepared for your audit. Keep records of all changes you make and list any issues you come across. Stick to your policies and ensure your staff know how to comply. It’s worth holding regular overview sessions to monitor your current state of compliance. Make compliance a part of your day-to-day task list to prevent yourself falling behind.
Our monitoring solution can help make compliance audits a breeze. With full traceability in place across all your devices, you can keep track of all your compliance concerns with a single provider. We offer a range of infrastructure management solutions to help in this area. Contact us today to discuss yourself requirements.
6. Undertake Regular Security Assessments
When was your last assessment? When is your next assessment planned? What will you cover, and how will you achieve this? Regular IT security assessments will prevent gaps in your infrastructure from going unnoticed. Security assessments should be seen as an integral, ongoing process of your overall information security plan. This will allow you to regularly evaluate your current position and reassess what you need to change to improve your level of information security.
Our IT security assessments are available to tackle specific areas of your network or to cover your entire network. We use market-leading explorative tools to scan and analyse your network, highlighting strengths, weaknesses and actions you need to take to improve the integrity of your systems. Contact us to discuss your requirements.
7. Secure Your Applications
Are you aware of the variety of applications on your network, where they are installed and when they were last updated? Can you automatically detect new applications on your network? Thorough application maintenance keeps your site secure and helps you to manage updates and potential loopholes in your network. Being aware of your application status will help you ensure that all applications are approved, authorised and secure. Any potentially dangerous applications can be routinely removed, and your policies updated to prevent further future issues.
We make this easy for you as part of our managed IT support service by monitoring the status of all applications in your network. We help our clients ensure that unauthorised network changes are prevented, closing potential security gaps as part of the service.
8. Protect Customer Information
What measures do you have in place to protect information in your possession? Can you assure your clients that their information is safe? Not securing your own data is a major risk, but that risk increases when you fail to secure other people’s information. Ensure you have the necessary password protection, encryption policies, and physical security measures you need to keep information in your possession safe.
We can help you protect all information in your organisation and prevent information security incidents from occurring. Our multi-tiered approach to protection delivers enterprise-grade security for organisations of all sizes. Contact us today to discuss your requirements, or explore our information security web pages for more information.
9. Prevent Viruses, Malware & Ransomware
Are you using a secure, reliable anti-virus product? Are all your licenses valid? Are all installations up to date? Are scans set to run at regular intervals? Do you have a secure firewall in place?
A firewall will go a long way to protect your network from global Internet security threats. Your anti-virus product is also a major protection mechanism and its importance cannot be emphasised enough.
Our fully managed security services and anti-virus solutions provide organisation-wide coverage and subscription management. We implement, configure and monitor your anti-virus throughout its lifecycle to ensure you are always up to date and protected. We also offer firewall management services, for more information please contact us today.
10. Use Secure Passwords
Do you have a password policy in place? Are your passwords complex and set to change automatically? Are all passwords in your organisation required to comply?
Passwords are the key to your network. Weak passwords and unenforced password policies are like leaving your doors open and expecting no one to come in. Develop a password policy based on best practice and enforce it throughout your organisation. Check compliance regularly and ensure all users understand how to comply. Use our password policy as a starting point and adjust it to suit your organisation.
A strong password will go a long way to protect your organisation in the event of a security breach. When used in conjunction with our information security 10, they will help prevent you from falling victim to a critical information security incident.
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