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5 Ways To Secure IT Infrastructures

With business networks continually communicating with outside sources and feeding the IT infrastructure for remote working, networks are no longer considered as secure as they once were. Cyber-attacks and ransomware are terms that most people dread, whether it is referred to in terms of home computer systems or large international business conglomerates.

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To secure IT infrastructures it is important to have the correct structures in place to prevent the worst from happening. The number of UK businesses that suffered a cyber-attack doubled last year with almost half of firms detecting a breach in 2016. With companies in communications, real estate and scientific and technical services industries all identified as being the common targets for breaches.

More and more businesses the task of securing and filtering the flow of data from potential threats as highly complex, whereas with the right IT infrastructure in place, secure a business from hacks and ransomware can be easier than first imagined. There isn’t a perfect method as all businesses are different, but by following these 5 tips you will be off to a great start

1: Be well prepared – Create a barrier to keep intruders away from your network by using a solid firewall. You will need one that can grow with your business and perform at optimum levels at all times. Attackers often rely on businesses not regularly updating their software once outdated, which makes businesses a lot more vunerable. Set alerts to update your software or even better, enable automatic updates.

2: Be selective – If you have sensitive data, only give access to it to those who really need to. In terms of storage, sensitive information should be stored in a separate system. Keeping a business secure can often go down to training staff on the correct way to use internal systems and safety procedures in place.

3: Be alert – Your team should be the first to know if your network is at risk. By monitoring active users, you can ensure that individual devices are not spreading malware or being attacked from an external source. Thus, stopping your complete network from being compromised by a single device or user.

4: Be proactive –Important data can be concealed from intruders who may access your network by encrypting important information. Encrypt your sensitive data so that unwanted visitors cannot access your private files easily is a strong deterrent for attackers as it shows your businesses is proactive and actively securing your network.

5: Be Prepared – With a disaster recovery plan in place the inevitable attack can be stopped and prevent causing complete damage to your network. Your organisations future will depend on how well you planned for recovery, including backing up of important data.

All too often business revenue’s come first and can incidentally mean the importance of a secure system is overlooked. Your customers want to be sure they are working with businesses that are secure and won’t put any threat to their own business. Make sure your organisation is prepared for any potential cyber hack.