When running a small or medium sized business one of the foremost thoughts in our minds is budget. I know, I run a small business and am very familiar with the need to balance expenses with actual revenue. It can be a serious challenge to find the right balance between the two.

Often as we at Nexus IT perform network audits for prospective clients one of the areas of most concern we find is network security. We generally find that small and medium size businesses neglect to sufficiently prioritize their network security because of a misconception that doing so would be expensive. However, we find that properly implemented and maintained security practices are generally a cost savings for any company. The issues brought about by poor network security can be far more costly that doing things right.

In our line of work, not a week goes by that we are not either combating against or dealing with the ramifications of poor security decisions on our client’s or prospective client’s behalf. There are 7 area of major concern listed below that we frequently find on new networks we are auditing and will cover in this guide.

  1. Hackers
  2. Acceptable Use of Technology Policies (AUP)
  3. Insufficient or complete lack of AntiVirus and AntiMalware
  4. Lack of installation of important software security updates/patches
  5. Lack of implementation of network security policies
    1. Employee abuse or misuse of Internet and email resources
  6. Wireless Security

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