Hacking activities can affect anybody including startups or small businesses through their network. This due to the fact that the hackers utilize the automated bot in scanning and attacking without filtering the size of the business. What are they looking for are slits of your network security system, where they come in. Securing the small business isn’t piece of cake. In fact, it requires serious steps:
1. Installing the Firewall
Ports which are the mechanism which allow you to connect to the internet may, are the ones targeted by hacker scanning. Once the open port scanned, the hacker will access your computer and exploit it. Installing a firewall and activate it, will lock down unnecessary ports, the firewall is actually the frontline defense of your network. The absence of firewall is the open gate of any hacking attacks. Make sure you activate the firewall all the time.
2. Enhancing the Protection with Password
Activating the Firewall will be not enough as you fail the password management. the wireless router has the default passwords, keeping it is certainly a mistake. You need to reset the passwords and usernames, periodically. You can do this work by accessing your router through your browser and configuring it.
3. Updating Firmware
The old router may possess outdated firewall firmware which may become the security issues. It makes your network-critical and vulnerable to any cyber attack. Your startup’s network requires updated security firmware from the manufacturers or official operating system protection. You’ll certainly get the notifications from the router user interface as it has an official update. Some vendors may not have an automated notification, you can simply google it to search the updated and compatible firmware.
The interesting way to check the vulnerability of your network is by scanning your own network using the same tools used by hackers. It allows you to see what hacker sees. The common scanning tool is Nmap which inform your network statistic through the graphic. You can find what unnecessary ports are still opening then use this information to re-configure the firewall to close them down. In addition, it’s also important to block the pings to avoid the hackers.
5. Virtual LAN
This tool plays significant role in segmenting, classifying, or authorizing the access of your startup’s network. You can apply your organizational management scheme in segmenting the access based on divisions on your startup. At this point, you can minimize the risks of unauthorized access.