Small Business Network Security
Network Security Threats Faced by Small Businesses
The recent advancements in information technology and evolution of high speed internet have revolutionized small, medium, and large business organizations. Most organizations have been relying on the internet and networked applications in order to get a share of the competitive global market, expand their organization, and reach more customers. However, setting up a computer network and connecting a business to the internet pose great security risks because the computer networks and information systems have become a prime target for cyber
attacks as hackers continue to use sophisticated tools and advance their attack vectors. Besides, it is also worth to note that the internet itself is not secure, and some of the telecommunication devices are vulnerable to cyberattacks which can consequently lead to loss of valuable information, user session hijacking, damage of business reputation, leakage of confidential data as well as cause huge financial losses. It is therefore necessary for a small business to understand some of the vulnerabilities and cyberattacks that can cause damage to their corporate computer network or information systems.
A vulnerability is a weakness in a software, hardware, computer or a network system that can be exploited by an attacker or a malicious program. Despite the tremendous advancements in technology, digital devices, computers, and information systems products have defects which can be exploited by an attacker if they are not patched whenever a vulnerability is discovered. Moreover, use of weak passwords, default settings, and misconfigured network devices are also vulnerabilities that can be exploited. It is therefore necessary for a business to ensure that their operating system, software applications, hardware, and network devices are patched regularly whenever updates are released.
An attack that is aimed to obtain system information such as Domain Name System without violating the integrity of the system is called a passive attack. Contrary, active attacks are aimed at getting unauthorized access to a system by bypassing the system’s authentication and authorization policy. The attack is mainly aimed at manipulation or destruction of original data, denial of service, and injection of malicious programs. A malicious program can be defined as software program that is illegally installed in a system or a network with an aim of destroying a network or a computer system without the consent and knowledge of the user. Viruses, worms, Trojan horses, ransomware, and spyware are some of the malicious software that can be spread through the internet, email attachments, malicious websites, and downloading infected files. In order to prevent malware attacks, a business should invest in cybersecurity awareness training and also ensure that their firewalls and systems are updated regularly.
Why Russell Lewis Computer Services is best suited to offer network solutions
Russell Lewis Computers Services provides reliable, cost-effective, secure, flexible, scalable, and customized network solutions for both small/medium sized businesses and thus ensures business continuity, maintain customer privacy, and reduce operating costs. With the recent advancements in cyberattack, Russell Lewis Computers Services can help a small business to build a secure Local Area Network (LAN) that can reduce the time and cost incurred while addressing network security issues. To build an efficient and high-performance network Russell analyses your business environment and designs a network topology that defines the scope of the network and the technology required to meet the customers network requirements.