Many business owners can assure that having a small business will deter hackers from targeting them, but this isn’t the case. In actuality, botnets and automated scanning techniques don’t differentiate between big or small companies. They are only looking for weaknesses in your clients’ IT security, and the easier they are to find, the more at risk your client’s business is from a cyber-attack. However there are many things that small businesses can do to lock down their networks and to help prevent these breaches from happening without breaking the bank.
By combining the use of software, hardware and best practices, small businesses can reduce the risk of network security breaches. The right combination can also minimise the attack surface that your customer’s business displays over the internet.
1. Have The Right Firewall
When a hacker sets their eyes on a target to attack, the first thing they do is scan for ports that are open. A port is the mechanism that small business networks use to open up and connect to the internet. Network firewalls lock down all open ports that don’t need to be open. By doing this it denies access to potential security breaches and reducing the risk of a confidential issue.
2. Protect Your Clients’ Firewall With A Password
Having a firewall to protect your customer’s network is great, but what’s going to protect their firewall? Merely implanting a firewall into their network and turning it on is a mistake that is made far too often by businesses. Keeping the default password when setting up your customers’ business network equipment can make it easy for hackers to gain access to their sensitive files.
It is often not hard for hackers to figure out the make, brand and model number of a certain device on a network. It is also just as easy for a hacker to use Google to acquire the user manual, allowing them to find the factory username and password. By having a password to protect your customer’s firewall, you further increase security for their IT networks.
3. Have Up-To-Date Router Firmware
Another common issue that makes small businesses more vulnerable to hacking is having an outdated router or firewall firmware. The network equipment of small businesses, operating systems and applications, need constant upkeep and to be updated for security and the fixing of bugs. The firmware that your client’s firewall and/ or router was shipped with is often obsolete within one year of purchase. So it is essential for this to be updated on a regular basis.
To learn more about how you can improve the network security of your clients’ small business, why not get in touch with Marathon on 020 8329 1000 today?