Top Network Security Tips for Service Providers!

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The online universe is a vast and potentially perilous place to do business. Its countless benefits and wonders are often offset by the rampancy of today’s cybercrime rates, for the unprepared at least. 

Learning how to protect your network to the best of your ability can benefit your customers and your brand immensely. 

No matter what online service you provide or what access points you offer your customer (an app, a login portal on your website, etc.), you need to make sure that the transference of any and all sensitive data is safe and secure. 

For those of you who feel like they could be doing a little more to boost your efforts in cyber security, here are some top tips to follow. 

Utilize a Network-Based Security Service

The best network security solutions are usually clientless, as they tend to be less invasive and far easier to navigate on the customer end. 

Requiring no software download, a network-based service can provide your staff and your customers with seamless remote access.

Outsourcing this aspect of your service’s network security could be a great time and money saver, too, a huge benefit for any business looking to net themselves a scalable and dependable option. 

Implement a VPN 

A virtual private network is still a great way to mask your online activity, thus shielding your geographical location from cybercriminals. 

It can generally help to cover your tracks online, making your network more secure and less prone to opportunistic attacks. 

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Another important point to think about is your employees’ use of your company network when they’re traveling or working from home. 

A VPN can be vital in protecting your network in this regard, as it can supply you with that extra layer of security when supporting a remote workforce. 

Don’t Ignore the Router

Your network isn’t just about the online world. It’s also about the hardware that enables you to get to the digital playground in the first place. 

Forgetting to update or upgrade your router can leave your network vulnerable to attack. As new models are released, an outdated tech will likely not be able to keep up and cover you from threats. 

Whether this is because the router stops receiving manufacturer support or cyberattacks become more advanced, you shouldn’t wait around to find out. 

By taking a proactive approach and keeping your router updated, encrypted, and password-protected, you should be able to keep safe in this area. 

Train Your Employees

If your employees can’t use the company network properly, you probably shouldn’t trust them with handling sensitive user data until they’ve been sufficiently trained to do so. 

If you’re providing SaaS solutions to other businesses and your staff are unsure as to how the service actually works, you might be putting your and your client’s best interests in jeopardy. 

Providing training to your staff can enable you to reduce the risk of human error leading to a data breach.

Data breaches tend to be extremely expensive to fix, and for a company that needs to provide an online service, they should be defended against at all costs. 

Network security article and permission to publish here provided by Carol Trehearn. Originally written for Supply Chain Game Changer and published on March 10, 2022.
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