This is part two of a two-part series on the basics of network security. Read part one here.

One of the big challenges of network security it the ever-changing nature of the threats. Knowing what to protect and how to protect it takes a comprehensive approach to security management. Plugging holes as they appear is inefficient and expensive. Once a data leak occurs, it may be too late to undo the damage. These best practices help ensure a secure network, no matter the size of your business.

It is essential to know where security gaps exists. This is where an expert IT partner is essential. They can perform a security assessment and identify weaknesses, whether the gaps are involve hardware, software or a weak link in documentation and procedures. Don’t be lulled into a false sense of security. A security audit will provide a realistic overview of security weaknesses.

Best practice dictates that clear policies and written plans should be put in place to document security procedures. Every step, whether it’s vulnerability and risk assessment, security policy and procedure development, deployment of mechanisms or user education, should be as straightforward and simple as possible. The clearer the instruction, the less room for misunderstanding. Keep documents updated as new vulnerabilities are identified and addressed.

Security is an investment, not an expense. An investment in network security makes it possible to satisfy changing business requirements without hurting the business’ viability. Properly-secured servers allow information to be access by authorized users and improves productivity. Improperly configured systems lead to data loss or worse. It is worth the investment to perform regular security audits and to address the weaknesses discovered. ACE IT Solutions can help provide cost-effective solutions that deliver data and network security.

Do not ignore network security as a vital component to your business productivity and success. ACE IT Solutions’ expert technicians have the experience and expertise to employ best practices when approaching network security. You can trust ACE IT Solutions to secure your network and important data, contact us at  646-558-5575 for more details.

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