5 Common IT Security Mistakes and How To Avoid Them

IT support departments and companies have, for years, worked to ensure that the information put into the cloud is secure and able to be used only for business purposes. Still, there is no harm in being aware of the five more common IT security mistakes yourself, so you can work to avoid them and keep yourself and your business safe.

Know where your customer’s traffic comes from

The first security mistake to avoid is not knowing where your incoming customer traffic stems from. If you can keep your eyes open on where your internet traffic arrives from, you will be better suited to flag it if something feels off.

Make Remote Access Secure

The second security mistake many businesses make is not making remote access to business systems secure enough. With all the confidential business information that exists within an office’s networks, it makes sense that employees who may need to access the network from home or off-site, be able to do so in a safe manner to ensure that no prying eyes can gain access simultaneously. To this end, get in touch with your business IT team to make sure remote access is as secure as it can be.

Don’t forget to update anti-malware software

Thirdly, make sure your anti-malware and anti-virus software is always updated. If the programs you use in your organisation are not updated, you leave yourself vulnerable to attacks.

Also, if you are an online business that uses point-of-sale for transactions, make sure that you incorporate security patches each time they are released. As things in the nature of the internet change, security patches are developed to make sure discovered breaches are closed before any damage can be done to businesses using those systems. Do your part to keep yourself safe by using the patches.

Finally, limit the amount of outgoing internet traffic. To ensure that nothing shady gets imported into your business’s networks, make sure your employees have only a limited number of trusted internet spaces they are able to access from the company’s computers. This not only keeps your IT systems secure, it also should help to keep everyone more productive!

Keeping your business safe with what you can control will make you feel secure, and will help you sleep better at night. Follow these five simple tips and you are well on your way to a more productive and safer business. For more advice on keeping your business and technology safe contact our expert tech team.

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