Handwashing for your Computer?

Author: Kirk Evans

Everyone can agree that we need to take specific action to protect ourselves and our loved ones from COVID19.  Good job to everyone that is actively taking the necessary steps to help prevent the spread and avoid being infected.

So, what does this have to do with your computer and computer networks?

We aren’t advocating washing your computer with soap or soaking it in hand sanitizer.  But, there are reasonable steps that you should be taking to protect your computer network from virus’ and avoid being infected.

Not from Coronavirus, but against Crypto Virus’ and other bugs that criminals are unleashing upon the world wide web.  Cyber criminals are continuing their crusade without missing a beat.

Now who is “watching your network” during this time of uncertainty and change?  Is it secure and monitored, or are the criminals taking care of their business on your systems?

While you are taking care of your personal health, make sure you are also taking care of the data and computer health of your business.

Here are the 5 key things you should be doing to take care of your business.

  1. A Firewall is your first line of defense.  They work as filters for your network traffic by blocking incoming information that is viewed as unsafe.  Firewall can be configured to filter by several variables based on your businesses specific needs.

  2. Antivirus.  Be sue that you have a corporate Antivirus solution in place for your users.  We recommend a solution that is managed allowing updates to be pushed out to all devices, automatically, when connecting to your corporate network.  users that connect to your network from home should be mandated to use some Antivirus solution.

  3. SPAM Protection solutions identify email from known spammers and determine whether website links embedded in email lead to known spam or malware domains.  IT can leverage many industry leading techniques to protect against attempt to get email into your inbox.

  4. Remote Network Monitoring.  You network should be monitored remotely and configured to notify your IT Administrator proactively in the event a threat is detected.  Remote monitoring and management solutions not only allow you to detect threats that occur, but they also monitor the health of your physical network (server health, drive failures, firewall/ISP connections, switches and PC's).

  5. Data Backup.  This is so important it deserves your attention.  A reliable system to backup and restore your data is so absolutely critical to business success.  Most of the attacks targeted at businesses will encrypt your data and perpetrators will demand payments to get your data back.  With a reliable Backup and Recovery solution in place, you will be able to get your data without paying the criminals.

Taking these steps will increase the likelihood that your systems can avoid infection and stay healthy.

At the end of the day, your business is personal.  So, protect your network and your data from virus' like your are protecting yourself from COVID 19.

Not sure if you are properly protected?  We can help!  Contact us for a discussion about the security of your network.

 

Published May 2020

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