Here at Creative Network Solutions, we are Preston’s leading IT support and network services experts. From secure remote access services to business VoIP, we are the team you can count on. And this is our guide to everything you should know about the cyber security software that your business should consider.
What are the most important pieces of software for small business cyber security?
There are a number of important pieces of software that you will need to install on your company computers and devices to maintain a high level of network and cyber security. These include:
- Firewalls- all Windows computers and macOS have built in firewalls that can provide a basic level of protection. Make sure that these are turned on and activated before accessing the internet from the company network. These firewalls are designed to prevent unauthorized access to your business network and alert you to any intrusion attempts. The problem is that these basic firewalls can be avoided by professional hackers and those using phishing scams. For companies and businesses, you might want to consider using a professional level firewall for maximum protection.
- Anti-virus software- anti-virus software is clearly a must have installation for your company network and all company devices. However, not all anti-virus software is equal. While up to 50% of small to medium sized businesses are still relying on free anti virus protection, this is simply not safe. Because anti-virus software can recognize and protect your computer against unauthorized code or software that may be malicious, it is important to choose a high quality, enterprise level of anti-virus protection for full coverage. This will also need to be updated regularly to ensure that new viruses and malicious software can be spotted.
- Anti-spyware- Like anti-virus protection, anti-spyware can be crucial for the cyber security of your company. Some enterprise level anti-virus packages will include this with the software, but others might not so it is important to double check your coverage. Anti-spyware can identify and prevent threats from key-loggers (these record your password so that hackers can access your network at a later date) as well as infected advertisements. As a result, anti-spyware protection can help to keep your data and network safe.
- Virtualization- virtualization is the process of using virtual software to access your browser. This side-steps the operating system and can help to keep your network safer and more secure. Virtual desktop environments can also be considered, which can bring a range of benefits of their own.
For more information or advice about your network security, systems, or cloud solutions, why not ask the experts today, here at Creative Network Solutions.