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Five of the Most Common Network Security Myths

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1.)   More security is better: You may be thinking, “Of course more security is better. The more barriers someone has to jump through in order to get to my network the harder it will be to break it.” Well, yes and no. Really this should say, “The right network security is better.” As obvious as this may seem, many network security companies don’t offer the “right” security solution for your company. It is important to work with an organization that recognizes that no two businesses are alike and personalization is key in creating a safe network.

2.)   Having a scheduled mandatory password change for your organization will keep it secure: Typically businesses have their employees change their password every three months, but a recent study has shown that this may not be as effective as people think. No one really knows where the “90 day password” cycle came from, but its effectiveness is being questioned. Rather than requiring that people change their password on a specific date, researchers suggest that it is safer to have the changes happen at random.

3.)   My business is too small to be a target: If there is anything that you get from this blog post, remember, YOU ARE A TARGET! No business is too small to be a target for viruses, hackers, malware, etc. Look at it this way, for the amount of time and money it takes to break into a large organization, a scam artist could have intruded 10 lower scale networks with a significantly less chance of being caught. Having an unsecure network is a risk you can never afford to take.

4.)   Having a dedicated IT staff is far too expensive and unrealistic for my company: Is your company too small to have a dedicated IT staff? Good. Most businesses are and there are plenty of network security solutions for your small business.  The recently released WatchGuard XTM 33 has been deemed by many as an “IT Security Staff in a Box.” Not only will this protect your company to the fullest extent, but it also affordable.

5.)   If the URL reads HTTPS then it is secure:Just because the “S” at the end of HTTPS stands for secure, doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t take extreme caution when visiting any webpage. Unfortunately, network security is never a guarantee, so along with having an up-to-date security solution, you have to remember to use your head. Personal information should not be handed out unless you know exactly where it is going.


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