Most of us know now just how important online security is and how catastrophic online threats can be. The obvious solution is to install a high quality, comprehensive antivirus and security solution, but it doesn’t stop there. There are many facets to network security that you need to know about.
Managing network security is an important part of your organization’s IT department’s job. If all of your staff are well educated on how to deal with online threats that can compromise your network then you have an extra line of defense. With outsourced security assistance you have another base covered too.
Online threats to your tech infrastructure are mainly the responsibility of your IT staff. They are the ones who monitor your network for any incoming threats to security, and who keep your security software up to date and up to speed, with regular updating. But not every business has an IT department, or even an IT professional on staff. For small businesses it can be one way to cuts costs, or just too much of an expense to start with. Employees double up, doing the maintenance of the IT systems themselves. This can be a gamble, because you can’t be sure it’s been done right. It also diverts your staff from their core work, which is conducting business.
If you have an in-house IT department, even they can only do so much to protect against online threats. Employees need to be trained in best practices for ensuring network security. It’s only too easy to make a mistake, like clicking a dangerous link or downloading an infected attachment. Password protocols are also important. Complex passwords that include both upper- and lower-case letters, numbers and symbols should always be used. Train your staff to spot the signs that identify a message as suspicious and urge them not to hesitate to contact your IT department if anything seems to be out of the ordinary.
You may have limited resources, and no IT department to rely on, but there are other ways forward so you don’t have to do it all yourself. Whichever way you look at it, outsourcing network security and IT support is a real option. It can save you substantial sums compared to hiring in-house IT professionals or managing it all yourself. It’s also a time-saver and you can be sure of speedy responses and expert help when problems arise or security updating is needed.
Do you need IT security for your business? Quikteks Tech Support can help you cover all the bases. To learn more, reach out to us at (973) 882-4644.