Basic Tips to Secure Enterprise Information for Desktop Admins

By CIOReview | Monday, September 26, 2016

Data is a valuable asset for every organization. This is why securing these data from hackers and other source of attacks, remains one of the major concerns for the system admins. Yet, there are situations where desktop admins fail to identify the risk and put their organization into jeopardy. Most of the dangerous threats arise within organization; it could be due to unauthorized access, replication, or destruction. Failing to identify these threats will invite trouble to the organizations. Even top players in IT field encounter security issues, even after fortifying their network firmly with dedicated security groups. This security issues can be avoided by predicting the occurrence of actual threats. With all these aspects in mind, only one question persists “How to keep the enterprise information safe?” Here are few basic factors to consider while protecting the enterprise data.

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Provide Strong Password

It is important to avoid the usage of default passwords or setting up a week password that could easily provide unauthorized access to systems, network access points, firewalls, and other hardware systems. Implementing a password policy across all the needed appliances could benefit enterprises in securing crucial data and fixing security flaws. Stronger the password, lesser would be the chance of attacks and breaches.  

Blind trust on Security Policies

Many IT managers often get carried away because of the trust they have towards their security policies. Though, complete policies and regulations are documented, IT managers must ensure all the employees have implemented these rules. It is wise to implement both Group policies as well as Local security policies to provide basic security but completely depending on that may not be a good idea.  

Inclining completely on Technology

Although, technologies like anti-malware, network anomaly detection and risk management tools are well-known to protect the enterprise information, they do not ensure 100 percent protection. Depending entirely on technologies may lead to risks because they are not magic bullets to quickly identify and solve the issues; it also depends on people and processes around the space.

Protect Wireless Network

Any devices these days can connect to wireless network using Wi Fi if the network is not secured, which makes it trouble-free for hackers to access private information. By providing a strong security key, administrator password and encryption method enterprises can secure the network. It’s a must for organizations to safeguard the network because one simple mail is enough to retrieve the login details of an employee and access all the enterprise data.

Importance of Encryption

Enterprises must focus on encryption as most of the data are transmitted over a network. In order to protect the data from intruders, it is necessary for organizations to utilize different types of algorithms like Data Encryption Standards (DES), Advanced Encryption Standards (AES) and Skipjack to encode information that are being transferred. Encryption also protects things like confidential business information, e-mail, legal documents, transaction and many more. Other forms of encryptions are Wi-Fi Protected Access II (WPA2) version Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP) and WPA.

Regular Vulnerability Scan and Checklist audit

IT managers should take the initiatives to carry out security evaluation to monitor if any system is at risk, and notify admin if required to create a risk analysis report. With the proliferating targeted attacks, all the enterprises are at risk, imposing scan for liability. Audits may range from sysadmin monitoring the log files to actual auditors auditing complete analysis of business practices. Before that enterprises must choose an efficient auditor, present their requirements and see to it that auditing is done appropriately.

Sense the Risk

Notifications about incident are also one of the important aspects in securing the network. Most of the security bloopers occur because of the weak incident response plan. It is vital for an enterprise to have a well structured incident response plan so that employees and IT admins can get to know about the attacks and take an immediate action.

Balance security with usability

One of the fundamental rules to be followed by Desktop admin is to ensure balance between security and usability. The overall point of maintaining the balance between security and convenience is alleviating the burden of users while carrying out day-to-day work. No matter how hard enterprises try to avoid security concerns interfering with employees work, yet they encounter loopholes regarding security. All they have to do is try out enhanced integration with security tools to remove the issues that users are facing.

By following these tips desktop admin can at least stop committing the same mistakes over and again.