7 Ways To Keep Your SMB Network Running

Your company probably relies on the internet on a daily basis. So you need to keep your SMB network running, so you don’t lose customers, compromise data, or get hacked. Fortunately, it isn’t as difficult as you might think. So here are a few tips to get you started.

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Use Built-In Malware Protection

Protection from viruses and malware is essential these days. At the very least, you should take advantage of the built-in tools that come with your operating system and office packages. For example, you can configure software firewalls for better corporate security. Additionally, you can increase your Microsoft Office 365 security using Windows Defender. This manages the security of MS packages by verifying attachments, scanning links, and providing real-time detection. However, you should also enforce password policies and educate employees about scams.

Keep Your SMB Network Running with Updates

It’s very important to keep software updated. This includes everything from your OS and office packages to things like Photoshop apps and email clients. Additionally, hardware firmware should also be updated often. The reason is that manufacturers and developers use default usernames and passwords that get leaked to hackers. These can then be used to access your network. Because of this, around 47% of hacked companies have at least one backdoor. But updating usually gets rid of them, so use auto-update settings and also check manually.

Learn Basic User Administration

You can help protect your network by learning a little about network administration. Your SMB may not use a network server and rely more on a “home network” style configuration. However, you can help your business security by assigning user access controls properly. For instance, don’t give a new user, such as your employees, administrative rights over your Windows operating system. If you do, this means they can access everything on your network. So always assign limited rights so they cannot open suspicious executables or files.

Pay for a Good Anti-Malware Package

Most operating systems, such as Windows 10 and 11, have good anti-malware built-in. However, you can boost your security by installing a good paid anti-malware package. These offer advanced protection. Some of the best anti-malware for SMBs include the following:

All of these offer advanced protection against some of the biggest threats to your network security. Some include things like email scanning, real-time threat detection, and updates against threats. Additionally, they don’t cost much compared to the protection they offer.

Teach Employees About Cybersecurity

One of the best ways to keep your business network running smoothly is to educate employees about some of the mistakes they might make. Through no fault of their own, an employee can be tricked into compromising your network. This includes phishing scams, fraudulent emails, and social engineering. Because of the complexity of modern hacking and security flaws, your staff needs to stay aware of how criminals operate. Only then can they ensure they don’t fall for a dastardly scheme aimed at gaining entry to your business network.

Managed IT will Keep Your SMB Network Running

Managing a network, even a small one, can be complex and a full-time job. Obviously, you can’t do this while also running your business. Fortunately, you can hire a managed IT service to do most of the work for you. Managed IT services will monitor cyberthreats, update all your software, backup data and even provide network administration services. And the best news is that they aren’t expensive for smaller businesses and offer tiered packages for what you need against what you can afford. The service they offer far outweighs the security they can offer.

Manage Cables Properly

Of course, your network isn’t just software and computers. Everything is connected by cables, and your network may be compromised by poor cable management. First, you need to install a suitable network topology that meets your demands. If you install the wrong topology, it can become challenging to add new computers or upgrade your network from a cabin perspective. As a result, you will have more downtime if your network is compromised. Additionally, one offline node could mean the entire system goes offline. 

Summary

Your customers need you to keep your SMB network running. It isn’t too challenging to get started, but you can do extras for better security. For example, you can use built-in malware protection at the very least. Or you can buy anti-malware packages and manage cabling.

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