In today’s world, conducting business is almost impossible without a network where data is kept by and shared among employees. As more businesses conduct business online, the threat of data theft and hacks become much more prominent. That’s why businesses need a secure network. If you are unsure about your company’s network security or want to find ways to make it more secure, continue reading.
Protect Your Wi-Fi Network with WPA2 Encryption
Wi-Fi Protected Access 2, or WPA2 is a network security technology commonly used on Wi-Fi networks. It’s an upgrade from the original WPA technology and was designed to replace the older and less secure WEP. WPA2 encryption provides Wi-Fi users with the highest level of encryption and control, as well as protects a company’s network more effectively than other Wi-Fi security methods. Businesses that choose to use WPA2 will need a router that will allow for WPA2 encryption.
Disable or Restrict DHCP
DHCP, or Dynamic Host Configuration Protocols, defines what IP addresses the devices on your network will have. Although it makes it easier to maintain a Wi-Fi network, it also makes your network less secure. To make your network more secure, limit the number of IPs assigned by DHCP or disable the feature entirely. If you decide to disable the feature entirely, you will need to assign an IP address manually for each device connected to the Wi-Fi network.
Require a VPN For All Remote Access
In the age of remote work, it’s still possible to protect your network with remote employees. To make your network secure, require all employees working remotely and accessing your corporate systems to use a Virtual Private Network (VPN). A VPN creates an encrypted “tunnel” between the worker’s computer and your company network. The VPN makes it impossible for any unauthorized person to view the traffic or information that is being sent between the two devices.
Implement Two-Factor Authentication When Possible
A secure company network starts with strong passwords. To take it a step further, implement two-factor authentication whenever possible. Two-factor authentication uses a password along with a second method of authentication before granting them access to a network. Setting up two-factor authentication (2FA) is great for your business because it ensures that unauthorized users can’t sign in with a username and password alone.
Secure Your Company’s Network with Blue Star Technologies
Blue Star Technologies has been helping companies secure their network for over 60 years. We will create a network infrastructure that makes it harder for hackers to access and will protect your company’s valuable information. Contact us today to get started.