Network Security – Not for the Faint of Heart

Is IT Security on your network doing its job? Earlier this week our IT Services team released an alert to our customers about a frightening new malware on the loose – a Trojan Cryptolock called Trojan:Win32/Crilock.A. This nasty infection will lock you out of your PC and encrypt the data on your network - not just your PC, but mapped drives as well.

But are you doing all you can to keep your network (and data) safe? The problem is that network security is often forgotten about. When security does its job and keeps you safe, you don’t experience problems and therefore you don’t notice it. Just because there’s no smoke, doesn’t mean there’s no fire. The reality is that no news isn’t necessarily good news when it comes to security. Your security still needs to be maintained, managed and monitored.

Security Maintenance?

Maintaining network security can be simple on many networks. Tasks like performing virus scans, updating your antivirus software, downloading and installing security patches, and updating permissions for access points, all play an important role in maintaining network security. But neglect of any of these tasks and you are putting your company's sensitive information at serious risk.

Too often human nature prevails and the simple but tedious stuff gets put off. Especially if it’s not on fire! We lose that sense of urgency if we don't feel the heat and we move on to the more important tasks.

With all hands on deck, who is steering the ship?

Often in a growing company, there are times that something just has to get done, and it’s time for everyone to pitch in. Whether it’s a bid or presentation, important client coming to town, or any of a multitude of reasons, everyone is pitching in, and some technical update will get pushed to the back burner and forgotten. You may get your immediate issue resolved, but with viruses like Trojan:Win32/Crilock.A, you have now placed your entire company at risk.

The nature of security and system maintenance is that they are time critical. When a new threat appears like Trojan:Win32/Crilock.A, the faster your technology is updated and patched against it, the better. Just one infection can be disastrous. There are new viruses hitting the web every day and they are specifically designed to take advantage of your system's vulnerabilities. Without vigilance and maintenance of your security you won’t get the fixes built to defeat these exposures.

You win the battle but you lost the war

You may have won that new project, or impressed that client when they visited, but if it’s at the expense of your IT Security, what did you win? Even if it’s a simple virus, you now have to spend hours or days of downtime (opportunity cost?) remediating a virus that could have been easily prevented. A more nefarious virus can devastate your network. Now, how important was it to divert that person from updating your systems.

So you can see how important it is to maintain the security of your network. It takes time and effort. Or you could outsource these duties to a company that is specifically focused on your technology and the tasks that need to be done to keep you up and running. This allows you and your team to focus on generating revenue. If you would like to learn more about how Net Assurance, the Vantage Point Managed Services solution can help you be secure and maintain your efficiencies, give us a call at 866-525-8324. Let’s talk about how outsourcing your technology services can work to improve your business. Our remote management, maintenance and security tool sets allow us to keep your network and systems up to date and secure and our reports will prove it so you can sleep well at night. As a business owner, you’ve got other things to worry about, IT shouldn’t be one of them.