Company Have A Tight Budget? How Do You Increase Network Security?

Your company invests a lot into its network—from fiber cables to Cisco switches to VoIP phones. But how much effort does it put in to ensure its safety?

Let’s face it: your organization does not have a limitless budget for cyber defense. But when it comes to the protection of sensitive customer and employee information, this is not an area where your company can afford to falter. In 2002, there were only 20,000 known threats. Now, the number has skyrocketed to almost two million.
And even though your organization might not have a lot of money to devote entirely to network security, there are cost effective measures that you can take to ensure that you stay on top of this issue.

Here are some basic strategies that your business can employ to make sure that the servers and hardware that you invest in stay bug free and running optimally:

Prevent SQL injection before it starts


A SQL injection is an easy way that hackers can enter into an SQL database and leech off of private information. Websites that are unprotected offer an easy entrance for this type of malicious practice. In a SQL injection, a hacker will find vulnerability, inject a SQL code and will enter the system. But by taking preliminary measures such as regularly patching a SQL server, testing your code and making shell access impossible, you will mitigate the risk of a SQL attack with relatively no cost.

 

Increase network security knowledge in your organization


Oftentimes, data breaches can occur when employees think that they are doing the right thing. By hosting regular meetings your organization will be able to pool its resources together and will tie in useful knowledge—as well as new security concerns—from every department. When you make network security an important issue, you will be able to stay on top of issues and deal with them as they arise.

 

 

Destroy your data properly


One of the biggest threats currently facing networks actually occurs after a piece of equipment has been unplugged or thrown away. It is important to remember that data will remain on a hard drive after the power has gone off, and can be readily accessed by anyone with the know-how to extract it. There are only two proper methods of truly destroy data. You must wipe or sanitize equipment using the proper software. Clicking “delete” does not in fact get rid of sensitive information