Businesses spend a great deal time and money protecting their networks from compromise. New and more advanced versions of malware and virus protection programs are constantly in development. Protecting your network or server from hackers has become somewhat easier. Unfortunately, hackers are hackers because of their ability to remain undetected. They know how to break through your firewall and perform tasks in your network without leaving any evidence of their activities. That is why it is so important to stay on top of your network security. Below are some helpful tips on how to prevent hackers from breaking into your company network.
How to prevent hackers from breaking into your company network
Properly configure your firewall.
Firewalls protect your company data from intruders and mandate the flow of traffic through the network. A firewall that is not properly configured essentially acts as an open door for hackers. Configure your firewall appropriately based on your company’s security needs. You should conduct an analysis from time to time to maintain the integrity of your firewall.
Routinely check firewall configuration.
Once hackers have broken past the firewall, they can change the settings or edit other information within your network or server. Take note of any changes that may have been made and take the necessary steps to correct it. Consider improving your firewall protection in the event that you find unauthorized changes in your system.
Intrusion Detection & Intrusion Prevention Systems
Consider installing a Network Intrusion Detection System (NIDS) to monitor your network for malicious activity. NIDS systems are available in a number of forms, from antivirus software to traffic monitoring programs. Once malicious activity is detected, it is sent to an administrator or security information and event management (SIEM) system. From there, SIEM determines whether or not the information is a false alarm or warrants further investigation.
Unified Threat Management/antivirus Filtering.
Unified Threat Management (UTM) is a network security solution that serves as a primary network gateway defense solution for businesses or organizations. It is an all-in-one security system that performs multiple functions, including data loss prevention, firewalls, antivirus programming, and content filtering, among others. As a result, companies now have the advantage of performing a single UTM instead of a multiple systems check.
Harden Server Security
Manually changing the settings in your network is another simple way to improve your network security. Tweak your server network settings to improve your network security. Visit your security settings and edit your account and local policies. Check on your password, account lockout, audit, and user rights policies, in addition to security options. Update, or simply check on these settings from time to time to ensure adequate protection of your company network.
The experts at OAC Technology deal with server and network security on a regular basis. We have the tools to help keep your network safe and running efficiently. Call us today to schedule a consultation. We service businesses in the Twin Cities area and are ready to help protect your network from even the most skilled hackers.