Your network is under constant attack whether you realize it or not. If a worker brings in a device from home, it could be infected with a virus or malware that aims to penetrate your firewall and get at sensitive information. In some cases, hackers will try to get past your network defenses just because it’s fun. What are some things that you can do to minimize the damage if your network is hacked into?
Use the Highest Quality Encryption Technology
Encryption software will make sure that a hacker sees nothing that is of value to him or her when he or she first breaks into the network. Much like a house that is locked or has an alarm system, a hacker may look for a weaker target to exploit instead of spending time trying to decode the data. Modern encryption technology may also be too sophisticated for a hacker to get around, which may also act as a deterrent to anyone who gets inside your network.
Make Sure That Your Accounts Are Password Protected
Strong passwords are an effective measure to defend sensitive information from being found after a successful network hack. For instance, having a strong password in place for employee profiles stored on the cloud may limit the chances an individual has of actually obtaining any data.
In addition to creating strong passwords, make sure that they are changed every 30 to 90 days to ensure that a hacker doesn’t have time to get lucky and guess correctly. Furthermore, never use the same password for multiple accounts as those who get into one account may use it on multiple accounts to see if they can gain access anywhere else.
Notify the Authorities and Anyone Potentially Impacted
Notifying the authorities may make it possible to find out who was behind the attack and hold that person or entity responsible. Notifying those who may be impacted can help minimize any potential damage to their personal or professional lives. For instance, those who know about a potential breach in a timely manner can change email passwords or put freezes on their credit reports. This ensures that a thief can’t steal personal information or attempt to commit identity theft with that information. Taking this step may also reduce any liability or potential damages that a company may need to pay out after a breach occurs.
A network hack doesn’t necessarily mean that the intruder has carte blanche to take whatever he or she wants. With proactive security measures and other commonsense measures, it may be possible to limit the damage done and take steps to ensure that it can’t happen again.
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