SECURING YOUR SMALL BUSINESS NETWORK
Need support securing your small business network for mobile access? Business owners may have concerns about maintaining a secure business network. Not having the budget to hire specialized staff to handle their network security can cause some fear about how secure their network information is. You should understand the basics in network security for mobile access to insure that you aren’t making easily avoidable mistakes when it comes to network security and mobile access.
With the wide scale adoption of mobile technology and increased demand for business mobility, securing your network for mobile access is a priority for most business owners. If you currently provide mobile access to email, files and/or line of business application there are a few simple steps you can take to insure that your data is safe and that your network is secure.
1. Use Encryption
Secure mobile access with encryption for email, file and applications. You current service provider(s) should offer both encrypted and unencrypted option for endpoint connectivity. Service provider that don’t offer encryption are generally classified as consumer product offering and may save you some money or not cost anything at all but don’t provide a secure option for mobile access. Make sure that you setup all employee endpoint devices with encryption to avoid unwanted access to important business data.
2. Hide Your SSID
In addition to your employee’s cell phone network, most smart phones have the ability to sniff and automatically connect to open Wifi network. This makes it easy for user to log on and off of open Wifi networks. Although this is very convenient you want to make sure that you don’t provide access to unwanted users and/or traffic on your business network. Restrict network access by hiding your SSID (Service Set Identifier), and using an encrypted password. A public SSID or unsecured network can grant unwanted user access to sensitive data and open your network to additional security risks.
3. Restrict User Access to Shared Resource
Shared resources on your network should be properly secured; don’t share folders and locations that are not necessary as you will increase the risk of exposing sensitive information. You can also add file permissions that will limit unwanted user access to sensitive business information. Setting access permission to individual files and folders will add an additional layer of protection to important business data and ensure that your information is secure.
3. Bit Locker (Mobile Device Management)
Lost or stolen mobile devices can grant unwanted users direct access to important business data. Make sure that all mobile devices connected to your network are managed by a program that can lock or wipe the device in the event that it is lost or stolen. Programs like Windows Intune Endpoint and Mobile Device management can help you create a cost effective solution to manage Windows, Android and iOS devices without adding complex equipment or software to your existing small business network.