5 Ways to Keep Your Virtual Network Secure
Anyone who has worked in information security knows that the global digital economy is plagued by cyberattacks. Companies of every size and industry are affected—from small start-ups to large corporations. They all face the same threat: cyberattacks generated by malicious insiders or hackers with inside knowledge of company networks. In a world where anything can be online, virtual private networks (VPNs) have become as important as physical doors and smart phones. VPNs make it possible to work anywhere in the world from the same secure network. But how can you protect your virtual network from hackers, malicious insiders, and other threats? Let’s take a look at 5 ways that might help keep your internal and external connections secure.
Create strong passwords and encryption
Strong passwords are a must for any computer network. Luckily, there are many good options out there. You can use a password of lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols, or a password protected by a passphrase. These types of passwords are harder for hackers to crack and are more secure than simple passwords. Make sure that everyone on your network uses strong passwords that cannot be compromised by hackers.
Use the right protocols
When it comes to protocols, the ETS Encryption Standard is the gold standard for secure communication. But many companies use the old 3DES protocol instead, which is actually less secure. Using the right protocols can make a big difference in terms of protecting your virtual network and keeping your data safe. To select the right protocols for your needs, first understand what information you want to protect. For example, if you want to protect your data from prying eyes, you’ll want to use an encryption protocol such as HTTPS. But what if you only want to protect your digital footprint from employees on your network? In that case, you’d want a protocol that only the intended recipient can read. There are many protocols out there designed for just this purpose—secured communication via encrypted channels. Learn the right protocols for your business and make sure they’re in place when communicating with potential clients, partners, or customers.
Be wary of cyberattacks
Cyberattacks are attacks that use computers to infiltrate networks or take control of computers. These types of attacks can be delivered through a variety of different methods, including data breach, spear-phishing, anddrive-by-downloading. The best way to protect yourself against these types of attacks is to be wary of what you’re doing online. Warnings and controls should be in place on all your devices—including computers, smart devices, and smartphones. Make sure you’re in compliance with any rules and restrictions that apply to you when you’re online.
Double down on trusted partners
Many attacks come from within. A malicious insider with inside knowledge of your network could try to steal data or cause disruption by targeting your partners. To prevent this, you should make sure that you have strong cybersecurity policies in place for all your partners. Strong policies require clear procedures for authenticating partners and preventing unauthorised access to data. Identify your high-risk partners and have procedures in place to remove them from your network if discovered to be malicious.
Communication between networks should be secure and encrypted. This ensures that both parties know who they are talking to and what is being said. It also protects the data being sent. If you’re using a VPN to securely connect to a network, you can lower your exposed self and increase your protected network. This is great, because it means you’re connecting to a private network that has been carefully configured to protect your data.
The digital economy is full of cyber threats. Companies of every size and industry are affected—from small start-ups to large corporations. They all face the same threat: cyberattacks generated by malicious insiders or hackers with inside knowledge of company networks. In a world where anything can be online, virtual private networks (VPNs) have become as important as physical doors and smart phones. There are many different ways to protect your virtual network from hackers, malicious insiders, and other threats. Create strong passwords and encryption, use the right protocols, be wary of cyberattacks, double down on trusted partners, and secure communication, and then beyond that you can keep your virtual network safe from eavesdropping, tampering, and destruction.