5 easy ways to improve your cybersecurity

Keeping software and systems updated with the latest patches limits their vulnerability to cyber attacks. Using the security features that come with your apps supplements other security measures you have in place.

by Scott Koegler

“Anytime, anywhere” has become the mantra of today’s enterprise workforce. Employees in remote and home offices and on the road stay productive using applications in the cloud, collaboration tools, and personal devices tied into their corporate network.

But as IT stretches to reach a far-flung workforce, it is exposed to more risks. Many organizations have implemented enhanced security across their networks to help protect data. But even with stepped-up measures, there are some simple ways you and your staff can help safeguard your IT environment. Here are five suggestions.

1. Enforce password rules

Strong passwords are one of the first lines of defense against breaches and changing them occasionally may help keep hackers out. But most staff will not voluntarily update their passwords, even when prompted. Make regular password updates mandatory and teach users how to create and remember strong passwords.

2. Update regularly

Any connection to the Internet is vulnerable, and it’s a key feature hackers try to exploit. Keep every connection, operating system, and application up to date with patches and enhancements. Implementing software and system security updates quickly limits possible exposure to vulnerabilities.

3. Implement VPNs for all connections

Networks that are protected only by generic security measures are more vulnerable to attack. Implement virtual private network (VPN) connections between office locations and make their use easy—and mandatory—for mobile employees who may connect through public Wi-Fi services.

4. Retire all unused services

When limited-duration products expire, decommission the applications, logins, and user credentials associated with them. In cases when you don’t use every available feature of a UC deployment, such as a video chat function, turn it off to further limit unauthorized access to the enterprise.

5. Leverage existing security options

Some applications come bundled with their own security features. While it’s still important to implement additional safeguards, vendors know their own products and typically devote significant resources to deliver a safe environment for customers. Find out what security measures are included with your software and use them to the fullest extent in conjunction with other security you have in place.

Allowing employees to work anytime, anywhere can boost productivity, and there are many technologies that can bring distributed teams together. But you always should make sure that those technologies are secure.

Find out how AT&T Network Security can provide enhanced solutions and services to help protect your IT environment.