In 2016, Cybercriminals caused an estimated $500 billion of damages globally to organizations. Don’t become another statistic!

When it comes to network security, it is easy for small to medium sized businesses to say “not me”, “they are only after the big guys.” The reality is that attacks on all networks have been increasing year after year as hackers have become more sophisticated, and small businesses are being affected every day by relaxed or non-existent security policies.

A 2016 Study showed that 1 in every 5 small businesses networks would be compromised. With the ever-increasing technological advances, it is likely that since then, these numbers have climbed, posing a significant risk for a potential breach, lost or stolen data, or some type of malicious threat.

There are a number of ways Middleground Technologies in Chicagoland helps to ensure that you are at minimum risk:

  • Updates - Keeping computers and network equipment updated is one of the most effective steps to preventing a possible network security issue.
  • Firewall - A common mistake in small to medium business networks is the lack of a business grade firewall solution. Often business owners are unaware of the difference between having a network router and having a network firewall in place.
  • Passwords - Password and password protection are proving to be an area that needs attention when discussing network security. Using sophisticated software and tools, hackers are easily gaining access to small business networks through simple or default passwords
  • Antivirus/Antispam - Most people know that antivirus and antispam software are necessary components of network security, but many people don’t realize why its so important until their computer or network is infected with a virus, malware, spyware, or a host of other potentially dangerous issues.
  • Encryption - Data at rest can be easily copied and accessed remotely. Having a properly deployed encryption solution is vital to ensuring the wrong hands do not access confidential business information.
  • DNS and Web Security - Having a robust and intelligent DNS and Web security solution will ensure your internal users are able to access websites that are true and legitimate, thus minimizing website spoofing and information stealing.
  • Mobile Device Management - More and more of our workforces access information on mobile devices, and understanding where devices are located and what they are accessing will ensure unauthorized access is eliminated
  • Threat Detection - Most businesses do not realize that over 68% of security threats originate internally. Having dedicated threat detection is key to understanding where breaches occur.
  • Log Monitoring - Simply deploying the best technologies is not enough these days. Constant log monitoring and remediation is required to ensure that no threats go undetected
  • Threat Hunting and Analytics - Taking a look at your network as a whole and identifying possible intrusion points will provide highly effective to any organization. Predicting where breaches can occur will strengthen all of your security measures to ensure you stay protected.
  • User Training -  The biggest risk to organizations are people. Implementing an ongoing security training program will effectively ensure your people become your best security assets.

No matter the size of your business, network security is a definite requirement for every business in the digital age. If you are worried or unsure of where to start with an internal security audit, our team can help get you on track.

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