Installing the right hardware and software is only the start of protecting your network. Another part of protecting your network is involved in how you use it and how you set up the appropriate network security policies and procedures. With networking becoming so popular many enterprises are finally starting to take a serious approach to network security. Just take a look at the many threats to computer today and you can see why network security is so important with malware, bots and assorted viruses.
In addition to your hardware and software you need to have the right policy, strategy and execution. The organization will determine how the security is managed, but it is necessary to have clear rules and procedures for the use and security of the network. Then you can back up your policies with the technology necessary to protect the network. But having the right policy is the starting point for all other network security methods.
Next you need to educate individuals about your rules. The rules won’t do any good if people don’t know them and follow them. Make sure all your users know what can and cannot be done safely. This is especially important since spy ware in the form of phishing emails and spam are becoming more prevalent.
Network security now needs to have someone in charge. You should no longer have an IT group looking after your network security. Rather you need someone whose full time job is to watch network security within your organization. More importantly if you have a group of people for this job make sure someone is clearly in charge and responsible for the department.
In order to keep malware from affecting your network you need to keep an eye on remote users and portable devices. Even with a secure network a user can log on from an unprotected Wi-Fi network and a back door will be opened into your network. So if you are going to give your workers the option of working wirelessly from many organizations you need to have a secure approach to the wireless technology.
Lastly don’t forget the physical nature of your business. With everything changing to an online approach and much security focused on that aspect it is important that you don’t forget about the physical security on your work site. So always give thought to what can be taken out of the trash or who can walk into your company and gain access to information.