Posted on Wed, Nov 11, 2015 @ 09:00 AM by Irvin Rodriguez
Everything is moving to the cloud. Almost any action a business takes internally and with customers can be done on the cloud, whether it’s a phone call or an actual transaction. As more devices and services move to the cloud and networks grow, the tough discussion of security will always come up.
How can complex voice and data networks remain secure as more devices log on and the networks expand? What vulnerabilities arise and what steps can small to medium businesses take to avoid major security breaches, and better protect their company and customers?
Firewall applications, such as the multi-tiered, enterprise-geared products developed by Cyberoam and other vendors, are now essential in data security for businesses; however, there are several other things a business can do to protect its users and their information. In this article, we highlight the most important things your business should be doing to protect its complex data and voice networks.
First and Foremost: The Firewall
The most effective way to ensure security over complex voice and data networks is by having the right firewall safeguards in place. Your data network’s firewall is an effective safety net for the most common kinds of malicious network attacks, such as DoS (Denial of Service), DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) malware or spoofing activity; however, your firewall should do more than just detect a security breach risk - it should also alert users and react accordingly in real-time.
The best firewalls are those that help businesses stay productive in addition to providing safety. For complex data networks, a firewall that minimizes latency and up-time that also keeps its users safe at all levels is always worth the investment.
Best Internal Security Practices
For growing businesses, truly securing complex networks takes more than a decent firewall - it also takes proactivity and smart practices on behalf of your users. Does your team currently use WPA passwords to access the Internet, or encrypt data packets during day-to-day file transfers? These are easy and very effective ways to secure your users both in the office and the field.
When it comes to data encryption, Voice-over IP (VoIP) phone calls are considered part of this data, just like any other type of file; a network security service that encrypts data during everyday activity - VoIP calls, tracking and recording - is the best way to protect individual files next to installing a firewall.
Other tips you can use to improve security on your business’s complex data networks include:
- Installation restrictions can do wonders in keeping malware and other malicious programs off of your company’s hardware
- Use session time outs to protect your devices when a user is away from their device or leaves it on after hours
- When the unfortunate does happen, remote wiping services make it easy to delete information on lost or stolen devices
In far too many cases, businesses don’t worry about network security or device management until the worst happens. Staying proactive to protect your business, your staff and your customers is the essential in today’s increasingly cloud-based world.