Network security is important all year round, but the new year is a great time to check up on your security measures to make sure you have everything your business needs to stay secure.

This checklist will help make sure you don’t miss anything when you’re thinking about network security for the new year.

Network Security Checklist

__  Verify automatic backups. Are they happening as scheduled? If your businesses is hit with a malware attack or hardware failure, will you still have access to your information?

__ Check that software is receiving automatic updates. Automatic updates help close security holes that might let hackers into your systems. Make sure all computers on your network are configured to receive regular automatic updates.

__ Review your business computer use policy and best practices with your employees. Just like a lock on your door won’t protect you if you leave the door open, the best security measures won’t help if your employees fall victim to phishing attacks.

__ Draft an incident response plan. If you don’t already have a written plan for what to do in case a cyber attack or natural disaster wipes out your data, now is the time to make one. A little forward planning can save a lot of panic and lost data down the road. Run through the plan so everyone in your office knows what to do if something unfortunate happens. Think of it like a fire drill for your network. 

__ Schedule a maintenance call. Even if everything seems to be running smoothly, a yearly maintenance call is a good idea. Just like you’re supposed to get a check-up once a year, your network should too. An experienced technician can check for security threats and spot old or technology before it causes problems.

Your business is only as secure as its network. Set it up for success by working through the checklist above. If you need help, make an appointment with Ron. He’s been helping businesses stay secure online for 20 years.

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