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An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure: 5 Key Elements for an Optimal Computer Network!

Posted by STÉPHANE TRÉPANIER, Hector Solutions d’Affaires 02-10-2018 11:35 am

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We would like to share with you these essentials in order to make business managers aware of the risks involved when one or more of these elements are neglected or missing.

Today the Internet, the epicenter of communications, is unfortunately also a great source of threat. Attackers can use a variety of tools to try to access your data. They experiment and test your security by exploiting infrastructure vulnerabilities in your electronic devices. It is therefore imperative to protect yourself properly and thus provide peace of mind.
 
Here's how to secure your IT environment:
 

Firewall

This network unit is the cornerstone of your security. The main purpose of the firewall is to filter traffic between your network and the Internet. It must therefore be constantly under surveillance to detect and inform your IT team or your IT consultant of any malfunction, anomaly, update, transaction or suspicious traffic. It must also have an update service to apply any patches, adjustments or improvements as soon as they are available. Note that several services can be activated in your firewall to increase the level of protection of your network.
 

Antivirus

Crucial for the security of your computers, laptops and servers, this software must be up-to-date and under surveillance. This protection is now bringing together several services and complements the other protection devices already in place. It is important to know that a free antivirus version does not offer the same level of protection and functionality as a corporate version.
 

Antispam

Your spam protection must not only clean up your emails, it must also filter out any threats of viruses, phishing or ransomware. We recommend an external company that will take action even before emails reach your servers. By choosing this option, the firm will have the mandate and responsibility for maintenance, updates and patches. It also has the skills and expertise to act as such.
 

Backup

Data backup has always been and will remain indispensable to a business. Although you may never use it, it can come in handy when a user mistakenly deletes a document. Above all, it allows you to continue your activities if one of your security barriers is crossed, or in case of disaster. It is therefore important that this service remains under surveillance at all times, accompanied by detailed reports, a recovery test and a disaster recovery plan.
 

Education

Educating your staff is your last line of defence against these threats. It does not require any budget, software or service. Simple emails or announcements 2-3 times a year will remind everyone how important it is to never click on a suspicious link in an email, or to open a non-expected attachment, even more so when it includes a file extension. Users must react to the slightest suspicion and should never hesitate to contact your IT team or IT consultant. Who knows, this could save you a major disaster!
 
Statistics prove it well, nobody escapes it. Several companies have already been victimized, others will be, and right now, without being aware of it, some are. In order to avoid worrying about a cyberattack, a virus, or a scam, we propose to put in place the necessary protections and solutions. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!
STÉPHANE TRÉPANIER, Hector Solutions d’Affaires,

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