Security in your office is a high priority, but it’s not just the strength of the locks on your doors that matters. Your office computer network is one of the most important things to pay attention to if you want to secure your business. There’s not just the risk of hackers or viruses, but also the potential for someone who shouldn’t be in the office to gain access to a device that they shouldn’t be using. Fortunately, there are a few easy things that you can do if you want to make sure that your office is secure.
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Check Antivirus and Firewalls
If you’ve ever used a computer, you should know how important it is to make sure you have antivirus software and firewalls. These protect your computers and other devices when you’re onlining, preventing viruses or malware, as well as hackers and identity theft. What’s also important, however, is keeping these tools updated and ensuring they’re working properly. There’s no point having firewalls if they’re not turned on or antivirus software that you don’t update regularly. You should make sure that you update your antivirus every day so that you know everything is working as it should be.
Securely Integrate Applications
Your company can end up using a lot of different applications to get your work done. But this can mean that your employees have to have lots of passwords to log into all the different apps that they need to use. These can cause confusion and could create security problems. If you want to avoid this, you can try using federated authentication instead. This allows you to give everyone one login to access the apps that they need. It also means that you have better control over everyone’s accounts, which means you don’t have to worry so much about security issues concerning your employees.
Create a Policy for Personal Devices
Employees bringing in their own devices can also pose a security risk to your network. You don’t know what they’ve been doing on their phones, tablets or laptops. But telling them not to bring their own devices, especially their phones, can be tough ask. Instead, you might want to consider creating a “BYOD” (bring your own device) policy. This sets out rules that you expect your employees to follow when they bring their own device into the office. You can ask them to use antivirus apps or give them a list of things to do and not do.
Be Careful of Leaving Employees
When employees leave you, it’s always important to be careful where access to your computers and accounts are concerned. Even if you think an employee is perfectly sensible and level-headed, you never know what could happen after they leave – especially if they don’t go voluntarily. Make sure that relevant passwords are changed or access revoked, preferably before your employee has left the office. You especially don’t want an upset ex-employee to have control of your social media accounts.
If you want to secure your office, pay attention to your computers and other devices. They’re an important part of your business security.