March 2009

5 Common Mistakes

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 Wondering if you've adequately protected your network can cause sleepless nights. In the rush of your workday, what could you have missed? Sleep better by avoiding these common mistakes.

  1. Being too generous with wireless network access: Guests expect wireless access, and you can make it secure with the right policy.
  2. Expecting superhero performance from a familiar duo: It's fantasy that just a network firewall and anti-virus software can do it all. The reality is that you need a 'defense-in-depth' approach so that if a threat gets through one layer, it can be stopped at others. Use an integrated security appliance instead of separate products. You'll get better protection, and spare yourself having to learn multiple interfaces.
  3. Letting employees connect too freely from home or the road: Employees who connect from home or public hotspots can have their transmissions intercepted or leave behind information that can be used to break into the company network. Secure sessions with non-company-owned PCs by setting up Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) VPNs, which encrypt session data without requiring preloaded client software.
  4. Using leaky pipes to connect other sites and partners: It's easy to use the Internet to link remote offices to your central network. But how can you secure the connections? Spare yourself the time to manually set up VPN connections between a new office and all the others. Be alerted to suspicious network activity by using an intrusion prevention system.
  5. Being lured off course by a siren song: Just about everyone has opinions on security, including Uncle Sam and the blogger down the street. For advice based on businesses like yours, discuss your needs with a certified technology partner who has security expertise and experience serving small businesses. Such a partner can provide solutions appropriate for your environment, ideas for minimizing costs, assistance with security policies, and other technical support and services you may need.

Sandeep Budki
sandeep@egovonline.net

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