4IT Blog

4IT has been serving the Miami area since 2003, providing IT Support such as technical helpdesk support, computer support, and consulting to small and medium-sized businesses.

Tip of the Week: 2 Easy Ways You Can Minimize Network Security Issues

Tip of the Week: 2 Easy Ways You Can Minimize Network Security Issues

Security issues can have any number of causes, meaning that every business needs to have a comprehensive security solution. This doesn’t mean, however, that there aren’t additional, small measures to implement that can give your organization’s security an added boost. Here, we’ll talk about two: keeping your software patched, and identifying social engineering attempts.

Applying Software Patches
This method of boosting your security is a bit of a no-brainer, as patches are literally fixes to security vulnerabilities. Yet, despite how simple it seems on the surface, there are a few levels to consider as you go about patching up your software. First of all, are you prioritizing your patches correctly?

It’s simple: while ideally you would be patching up all of your software solutions, you just may not know that there are patches available, or you may not have the time to do so. In reality, there are usually programs on a company’s network that go unpatched. Fortunately, due to the nature of exploits, hackers and other malicious parties tend to reach for the low-hanging fruit instead of putting in the extra work and devise an exploit for each instance of the vulnerability. This could ultimately total up to thousands upon thousands of programs. In a hacker’s mind, it’s much easier to just strike the lowest common denominator and use just one exploit.

Nevertheless, you should still do your best to keep every piece of software on your system up-to-date and patched. Just remember to put the most likely targets first on your list.

It also helps to keep your systems as clear of unused programs as possible. After all, the fewer pieces of software there are to exploit, the fewer opportunities there are for someone to exploit your software. Plus, that’s fewer solutions for you to maintain and patch, saving you time.

Foiling Social Engineering Attempts
Social engineering is a method that nefarious users will employ to get you to play right into their hands. If you have ever received a phone call or email message claiming that your systems have been jeopardized and you “need” to provide them with access to your computer for them to resolve it, you’ve likely been the target of a social engineering attempt.

From those who reach out online with an offered benefit or warning to those who literally follow employees past locked doors, these malicious users can be foiled through some simple vigilance. Remind employees that they shouldn’t accept an unknown face wandering about the office. Your employees should also exercise caution in their inboxes, as well. If they receive an unexpected email from an unfamiliar source, make sure they know to avoid it.

This is just the start of the potential improvements you can make to your security strategy. For more information, be sure to reach out to 4IT at 305-278-7100.



No comments made yet. Be the first to submit a comment
Already Registered? Login Here
Friday, 23 June 2017
If you'd like to register, please fill in the username, password and name fields.

Mobile? Grab this Article!

Qr Code

Tag Cloud

security Tip of the Week Technology Cloud Privacy Best Practices Microsoft Internet Business Computing software Hackers Hosted Solutions Productivity Backup Business Management Managed Service Provider Business Malware IT Services Google Innovation Efficiency Windows IT Support Workplace Tips Hardware Disaster Recovery Saving Money Computer Miscellaneous Windows 10 VoIP Business Continuity Upgrade Virtualization Mobile Devices Data User Tips Mobile Computing Server Mobile Device Management Save Money Communication Network Security Quick Tips Network Alert Smartphones Information Technology Going Green Mobile Office Email communications Social Media Office Health Smartphone BYOD Microsoft Office Apps Small Business Application Operating System Gadgets Android Managed IT Services Ransomware Firewall Disaster Tablet Browser BDR Search Passwords Holiday Chrome The Internet of Things Avoiding Downtime Mobility Remote Computing Unified Threat Management WiFi Outsourced IT Telephone Systems Employer-Employee Relationship Budget Automation Vendor Management Hacking Risk Management Best Practice IT Solutions Data Management Hard Drives Spam Remote Monitoring History Saving Time Cybercrime Productivity Apple Recovery VPN Marketing Wireless Technology Office Tips Facebook Big Data Customer Relationship Management Computers User Error Telephony Managed IT Lithium-ion battery Collaboration Phone System Cybersecurity Bring Your Own Device Law Enforcement Current Events Humor Printer Antivirus Administration USB Content Filtering Wearable Technology Money Social iPhone Analytics Maintenance Gmail PowerPoint Router Password Virus Cloud Computing Social Engineering Government App Hosted Solution Users Cost Management Save Time Intranet Windows 8 Bandwidth Private Cloud Printer Server Laptop Work/Life Balance Trending Education Net Neutrality Point of Sale IT COnsultant HaaS Computer Repair Tech Support Encryption Wireless Phishing Proactive IT Google Drive Uninterrupted Power Supply online currency Internet Exlporer Instant Messaging Emails Internet of Things HIPAA Identity Theft Solid State Drive Entertainment Flexibility Benefits DDoS Computer Accessories Efficency OneNote Mouse Samsung Network Congestion Two-factor Authentication Help Desk Office 365 Managing Stress SaaS Display Audit hacker Augmented Reality Personal Information Transportation Paperless Office Shortcut Business Intelligence Computer Care Battery Robot Customer Service Outlook Fax Server Update Biometrics Retail Workplace Unsupported Software Automobile End of Support Virtual Reality Social Networking Streaming Media Document Management Meetings Advertising Data Breach Twitter Legal Human Resources iOS IT consulting Uograde Images Mobile Device Running Cable Touchpad Surge Protector Managed Security Scam Television Computer Fan Reliable Computing 3D Printing Bloatware Data Protection Employer Employee Relationship Dark Web Sports Worker Commute Operating Sysytem PDF ISP Wiring Scalability Branding Data Backup Files Information Compliance Distributed Denial of Service Text Messaging Windows 10s Debate Programming Blogging Safety How To Nanotechnology Chromecast WIndows 7 Inbound Marketing Upgrades Wi-Fi eWaste Artificial Intelligence Hard Disk Drive Regulations Website Emergency Training Root Cause Analysis Administrator Excel Value Consultant Applications Colocation best practices Cameras OneDrive The Blindside Of Amazon Company Culture Black Market Access User Nokia Science Touchscreen Co-managed IT Politics Virtual Desktop data breach Presentation IT Security Cleaning Bluetooth Best Available Travel Experience IT Technicians Keyboard Avoid Downtime risk management Ebay Computing SharePoint Music Hiring/Firing Windows 10 Teamwork Data storage Busines Continuity Books Smart Technology Video Games Networking Vulnerability Near Field Communication Hard Drive Microblogging Youtube Managed IT Services Sales Taxes Managed Service Provder Webinar Webinar Supercomputer Gift Giving IT solutions Electronic Medical Records IT Budget Reputation Storage IT service Domains CrashOverride Shadow IT Lifestyle Relocation Buisness Tutorial