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Keeping safe online: What your business needs to do.

Keeping safe online: What your business needs to do.Without the internet, it’s hard to imagine the majority of businesses large and small functioning. It’s used for both internal and external communication, for ecommerce, administration, research and marketing, plus it can help to boost a business’s brand. The internet has become one of, if not the most important tools at the disposal of many companies.

Internet access is a must for any company, whether for internal or external use, but with access to the web comes a few security risks. The issue of online security is one that has to be treated with care – a little caution is always useful when online, as it can help to minimise the risk of your machine or entire network being infected or used by someone without permission.

Here are three things that your business must do to stay safe online:

Anti-malware protection

Malware is the term used to describe a range of bugs which can find their way into your device/network maliciously. The main types of malware are:

  • Virus
  • Worm
  • Trojan
  • Rootkit
  • Spyware
  • Adware

If downloaded without realising it from the net to your device, these can cause serious damage, infecting files and making programs unusable. Unstopped, they could eventually render an entire device or even the whole network beyond use.

In order to protect your business against the threats that malware poses, installation of a strong anti-virus or anti-malware program is essential. Performing daily scans, a good piece of software will detect malware instantly, notify you of it and delete or disinfect any files affected.

Network security

More relevant to the entire office network, this is incredibly important for trying to block someone from accessing it without permission. The damage caused by someone entering a network could be huge, as they’re able get their hands on whatever files they desire or deem to have significant financial worth.

To keep your network secure, ensure that every employee has their own login details – an account name/email address and a password. Also, every machine should have a firewall, plus for larger companies, a proxy or network guard. The firewall should be unified, so that every device has the same high level of security and that everyone’s on the same page.

Monitoring

The final piece of the security puzzle, monitoring enables you to keep on top of some of the most pertinent threats your business may face when online. The use of log management from RandomStorm is especially helpful, as it enables you or your IT staff to see who’s using what and when. The major log management operational processes typically include configuring log sources, performing log analysis, initiating responses to identified events, and managing long-term storage.

It can also help to give advanced warnings of any bugs coming the way of your network.

The launch of a new piece of software for the purpose of monitoring shows how serious it is to keep your network safe. Even the smallest, most innocuous-seeming bug could cause every single machine to malfunction if it spreads or isn’t dealt with straight away. Monitoring, along with network security and malware protection can keep such problems at bay.