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Network Security Explained – Part 2

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Numerical padlock on network cables.FX Technology IT Solutions: How Network Security Works  – Part 2

FX Technology is dedicated to providing the best in IT solutions to businesses looking for tech team they can trust. This also means that we’re dedicated to your digital security. In this second part of our two-part series on network security, we’re going to continue our look into what it is, how it works, and why it matters for your business, your customers, and you.

Maintaining Access Control

Maintaining control of who can access your business network is extremely important. This is especially the case if you’re storing customer or client information. Encrypting and password-protecting your network is a good start, but you also need to think about who needs access to what, and why.

For a larger company with more employees, you may need to develop certain levels of secure access, with different passwords for different levels of access. Using a central password manager is a good idea for information that everyone can have access to, but more specific ways of controlling that access will have to be involved for things like confidential information.

Using Secure Software

It’s not just the data you’re keeping that’s important. The apps and programs your business uses can make a big difference too. It can be tempting to cut corners and use cheap or free alternatives to recognized applications or programs, but it may also be risky.

This is especially true of smaller things like browser extensions, which may make someone’s job easier at the cost of sensitive company data. To maintain the security of your business network, don’t install programs that seem suspicious, and keep an eye on any additional apps, extensions, or other third party software any staff are using.

Detecting Issues

Sometimes, issues are unavoidable. In these cases, catching them early is what matters. An IT professional can install and set up systems that scan the data passing through a network, looking for issues or suspicious activity. This software can notify your staff and automatically block or shut down vulnerable data.

General Good Practices

There are a lot of smaller but effective steps you can take to shore up the security of your business network. Here are some simple examples:

  • Use a firewall
  • Have an IT team set up a virtual private network (VPN)
  • Make sure your company uses a secure email provider
  • Be sure that business network access is always used responsibly
  • Limit client, customer, or visitor access.

Not every security measure will work for every business, so it’s always best to consult with a professional about what’s best for you.

Contact FX Technology About Secure IT Solutions

Even in two blogs, it’s simply not possible to cover everything there is to know about network security. To be sure you’re getting the most secure, trustworthy, and reliable networking services, contact the team at FX Technology. We can offer managed IT services, VoIP services, backup and cloud services, and much more.

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