Do you sometimes question your network security measures for your company or business? As we continuously setup, monitor and update our networks over time, there are some mistakes that are frequently made.
We can all seem to fall into our own habits of ignoring certain parts of updating systems when we monitor our networks over time and with that there’s certainly a chance for loopholes to be found on any network, no matter how secure we think we have everything set up and in place. At TechStarters, it’s our primary goal to ensure that there are absolutely no security risks to your network.
With our background in mind, we’ve laid out three big faults that could potentially be in YOUR network that you might not realize until it’s too late:
1. Weak network access passwords:
There are times where system administrators and the like are open to older methods of exploit known as brute forcing. In order to properly fix a critically potential vulnerability, “CAPTCHA” technology can be implemented. A CAPTCHA in place requires the accessing user to enter letters or digits from a blurred or distorted image which appears at the login. CAPTCHA technology is frequently used to prevent the intrusion of unwanted bots from accessing websites and networks. CAPTCHA technology can although present a false sense of security to countering brute forcing.
So what’s the solution? Simple: A much more complex password. More specifically, seven or more letters or digits with at least three numbers and a special character or symbol. Security administrators should require the creation of further complex passwords as well as implementing an expiration of passwords to remind their users to update and secure their logins properly and frequently. Take a look at our article on alternatives to passwords and additional security applications.
2. Outdated server applications:
Software companies who specialize in the security kind of applications often release patches to their software in order to further ensure that their programs are running efficiently and not vulnerable to public threats throughout all networks. The hackers of today’s technology are constantly finding new and secretive ways around securities which could potentially reach your network and put danger and harm on your systems.
The solution? Set up a schedule to ensure you have the most up-to-date patches and releases. Be certain your system administrator is informed of all patches that are released. With a schedule in place, you and your team can keep updated on a weekly or monthly basis, checking out the latest updates if there are any which need to be installed.
3. Cookies (the web kind):
Cookies throughout your network are represented to be in place in order to track and compile records of employees’ browsing history throughout their use of websites. One note to be aware of with cookies though is unencrypted cookies which can become a major security issue due to the fact they have the capability to open your system through something called cross-site scripting, which is a major vulnerability flaw and privacy issue. Cookies of this nature have the possibility to be accessed by anyone and can easily track down saved passwords from previous web sessions, which is once again to be reminded to have your passwords updated on a rotating, frequent basis. Cookies can overall result in a critical network security concern.
Your best solution to these type of harmful cookies is to be absolutely certain all of your cookies on your network are encrypted and have encoded expiration date. Network administrators should also focus on to force users to log in new each and every time they access sensitive information throughout your network.
At TechStarters, it is our job to minimize security risks that hit your business whenever the threat rears its ugly head. When addressing these three issues and setting up regularly scheduled updates for passwords, patches, and awareness of files on your network, you should have a greater protected network in your business and less worry about future security breaches.