Network: How to protect it?

Thinking like a hacker every once in a while can help your organization security. What do you think they look for and what are the easiest mistakes for them to exploit to get onto your network?Network Protection

The reality about hackers is there are so many unsecure networks around that they normally target the path of least resistance. That means that if you have higher security in place than your neighbor, they will likely go hack into your neighbor’s network instead of yours.

Here are a few things many hackers look for when they are trying to get onto your network.

  • Weak Passwords

Some hackers have automated tools that can check servers for easy to guess passwords. According to the 2013 Trustwave Global Security Report, “Password1” is still the most common password used in businesses. Without strong password policies you might  be inviting hackers in the front door.

  • Unprotected WiFi

When someone installs a wireless access point they can easily make the mistake to leave it unsecured so it’s easier for people to access the internet without a password. This is a big security vulnerability and allows anyone nearby your office to access your network and potentially your data.

  • Software Updates Not Done

There are many ways to hack into a Windows Server or PC if updates have not been done in a while. Every time Microsoft issues a security update they essentially advertise a security hole in their software that hackers can breach. You can close this gap by running updates.

  • Unsuspecting Users

All hackers need is one person in the office to click a link, open an attachment or go to an infected website. They will try and suck in an unsuspecting user who is not careful in their computing habits through phishing or spoofing attempts.

  • Basic firewalls

Inexpensive firewalls are easy for hackers to bypass to get onto a network and difficult for a business to know someone has been there. A simple router at the edge of a network doesn’t stop most hackers from finding a way in.

  • Mobile Devices Without Passwords

Have you ever lost your phone or tablet? Did you have a password protecting it? The number of people who don’t have passwords on their mobile devices is outrageous. In many cases these devices have sensitive emails and other data on them that can help a hacker gain access to your network or private information. See more about protecting your mobile devices here