Network Security for the Small-Medium Business

Contributed by Anthony Mercer
Network security for the small-medium business is becoming ever-increasingly important. As data breaches, emerging threats, nation-state cyberattacks and cryptolocker-variant malware continue to rise, small-medium businesses (SMBs) must become more diligent regarding their overall system security. Endpoint security including anti-virus software, software firewalls, black/white lists and sandboxing are key to a successful security plan. Backup and disaster recovery are no longer on the “optional” list for SMBs. They are now a priority and a requirement for the vast majority of small businesses. Including both local backup and off-site backup, SMBs must increase their IT budget as needed to account for this. Business-class network appliances such as modems, firewalls/routers, switches, wireless access points, etc. with active vendor support should be used. Operating system and 3rd party software updates are of the utmost importance, as they are one of the largest attack surfaces facing SMBs today. Patch management and monitoring platforms can help make this process more seamless and less time-consuming. The purpose of this paper is to present an overview of today’s network security for small-medium businesses.
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