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When it comes to network security, it’s common for small to medium sized businesses to say “they are only after the big guys.”

The reality is that attacks on all networks have been increasing year after year as hackers have become more sophisticated. Businesses of all sizes are being affected every day by relaxed or non-existent security policies.

A recent study showed that 1 in every 5 small businesses networks will be directly targeted and compromised. This doesn’t include other cyberthreats that create significant risk for a potential breach, lost or stolen data, or some type of malicious threat.

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Integral Networks uses a variety of top cybersecurity methods to minimize your risk profile:

Frequent Updates – Keeping computers and network equipment updated is one of the most effective steps to preventing a possible network security issue.

Managed Firewall – A common mistake in small to medium business networks is the lack of a business grade firewall solution. Often business owners are unaware of the difference between having a network router and having a network firewall in place.

Passwords – Weak passwords and infrequent changes are proving to be a common lapse in network security. Using sophisticated software and tools, hackers are easily gaining access to small business networks by exploiting ineffective password polices.

Antivirus/Anti-spam – Most people know that antivirus and anti-spam software are necessary components of network security, but many people don’t realize why it’s so important until their computer or network is infected with a virus, malware, spyware, or a host of other potentially dangerous issues.

24/7 Monitoring – We recommend that all businesses incorporate 24/7 monitoring in their cybersecurity plan. While hackers can slip through cracks in a static defense, it’s nearly impossible for them to hide their activity from human eyes. With cybersecurity analysts watching over your network, you can rest easy knowing that your protection is complete.

Regardless of the size of your business, network security is a definite requirement in the digital age. If you are worried or unsure of where to start with an internal security audit, our team can help get you on track.

Contact Integral Networks today and schedule a complimentary security audit.