How Can I Know That My IT Network Is Secure?

Take These 10 Steps

The only way to know that your IT network is secure is to follow cybersecurity best practices. Make sure you and your staff have observed The National Institutes of Standards’ 10 Basic Cybersecurity Measures to Reduce Exploitable Weaknesses and Attacks:
1. Maintain an Accurate Inventory of Control System Devices and Eliminate Any Exposure of this Equipment to External Networks

2. Implement Network Segmentation and Apply Firewalls

3. Use Secure Remote Access Methods

4. Establish Role-Based Access Controls and Implement System Logging

5. Use Only Strong Passwords, Change Default Passwords, and Consider Other Access Controls

6. Maintain Awareness of Vulnerabilities and Implement Necessary Patches and Updates

7. Develop and Enforce Policies on Mobile Devices

8. Implement an Employee Cybersecurity Training Program

9. Involve Executives in Cybersecurity

10. Implement Measures for Detecting Compromises and Develop a Cybersecurity Incident Response Plan

For a more in-depth explanation, check out NIST’s Cybersecurity Framework.


What Is The Best Way To Back Up My Information?

It’s essential to back up the critical data on your desktops, laptops, servers, and mobile devices to protect it from loss or corruption. To do this, you should follow the 3-2-1 Rule:

3 – Keep 3 copies of any important file: 1 primary and 2 backups.

2 – Keep the data on 2 different media types to protect against different types of hazards.

1 – Store 1 copy offsite (e.g., outside your business facility).

Cloud-based backups will give you the anywhere, anytime access you need for your data and applications as long as you have an internet connection.   And you can purchase additional or less cloud service as needed. Cloud service providers encrypt your data to protect it from hackers.

You must also test your backups regularly to ensure they are quickly recoverable.

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