In this digital era, almost every major business on the planet relies on technology in some form or fashion. This means that almost any company that relies on the internet to do business is vulnerable to attacks and breaches from hackers and malicious actors who wish to steal and profit off of your confidential data.

How can you stop these bad actors from getting into your systems? Lock them down. While no system is bulletproof, you can still do everything you can to make it as difficult as possible for hackers to get in. If you aren’t the most cybersecurity-aware, then there are plenty of network security services out there that are more than equipped to help you lock down your network from outsiders.

Locking Down Your Network

 

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Any system facing the public internet can be vulnerable to hackers with the intent of breaking in and the knowledge of how systems work. With so many bad actors out there, how can you protect your network?

Change any default passwords and usernames

 

Every router and IoT (Internet of Things) device comes with default usernames and passwords to make it easy for you to set up your systems. Unfortunately, many organizations never bother changing these settings, and their password ends up being something simple, like “admin.” Change any and all default settings for all of your devices after you have set them up.

 

Teach your staff about social engineering attacks

 

Many hackers get into systems by exploiting human vulnerabilities through a process called social engineering. This is where a hacker pretends to be a part of the organization, and gets key pieces of data from employees who are just trying to help. Unfortunately, their good nature and willingness to help is what aids the hacker, granting them access to the network.

 

Employ a “honeypot”

 

Many organizations use what is called a “honeypot server” to make hackers think they have broken into the main network, but this “honeypot” acts as a decoy, allowing IT teams to view exactly what the hackers are doing and stop them in their tracks.

There are plenty of other methods to lock your network down, including making sure no mission-critical system is facing the public internet. Do as much research as you can on your systems and make sure you don’t get lazy with security. Human complacency is usually the main culprit of making things easier for hackers to break in.