Businesses are investing more than ever on the devices their employees need to perform their work. But what is the overall cost and how do your device management choices affect the business?
You need the right technology and processes in place to continuously improve network resilience and keep cyber criminals out. Below are our top tips on how to improve your network security for the threats of today and the future.
Use a Zero Trust approach
It’s now common for employees to work from a range of locations and devices. A Zero Trust framework is a cyber security strategy where no device or user is trusted by default. Instead, they need to be validated to maintain access to the network and if there is any suspicious activity, that device or user is removed.
Some of the key steps for implementing a Zero Trust network include:
- Gaining complete visibility across your network
- Ensuring nothing is on the network that shouldn’t be there
- Limiting access so that users and devices can only access the parts of the network they require
- Putting processes or technology in place to monitor and automatically shut down any suspicious activity
Leverage the power of AI for monitoring and fast response
A lot of small and mid-sized businesses aren’t aware of the multitude of network security vulnerabilities they face. The good news is that there are a range of AI-driven security features for different needs and budgets.
The Aruba technology we use at Softsource vBridge for our Network as a Service solution features AI that monitors and identifies changes in data access and user behaviour. It immediately shuts down suspicious activity before it has a chance to do any damage. An increasing amount of New Zealand businesses are recognising the value of this as they struggle with limited IT resources and increasing cyber threats.
Gain better visibility
Knowing what and who is on your network plays a crucial role in network security. With a centralised control panel, your business can keep a close eye on your Wi-Fi, wired, and WAN networks. The benefits of this broad visibility and control are that you can better manage, troubleshoot, and apply changes from a single location without the need to travel to different sites. It also makes sure nothing is on your network, or in a place it shouldn’t be, that could potentially cause a breach.
Ransomware attacks target critical data that drives businesses. The cyber criminals responsible for these attacks then demand a ransom to give the business access again or stop personal information from being shared. This can have a devastating impact on a business’ reputation and operations. To keep up with ransomware and new variants, mature AI can detect and stop ransomware as it tries to enter or move through a network.
Meeting compliance requirements
Monitoring and assessing your IT systems, such as your network, plays a core role in compliance. Depending on your industry, you’ll have certain security regulatory requirements your business needs to meet as well as industry standards.
In highly regulated sectors, making your business compliant can be complex. The regulations can change and cyber threats are constantly evolving. On top of putting your business at risk, failing to meet cyber security compliance standards can also result in fines. To make sure your cyber security compliance plan is sound, you need to make sure your network security is airtight. To take some of the burden off IT teams, our specialists work with businesses across different industries, allowing them to meet compliance requirements or free up time in other areas.
Achieving solid network security while you’re juggling a range of other IT tasks is not easy. Our Network as a Service (NaaS) solutions powered by Aruba technology has helped many New Zealand businesses achieve comprehensive network security. Visit our NaaS page. to learn more!