Hackers don’t take a vacation and neither should your network!

Hackers don’t take a vacation and neither should your network!

Cybersecurity tips to keep your data safe while you’re on vacation.

It’s summertime and the living should be easy . . . and free of concern about your company’s computing network. Wouldn’t it be nice to know, as a NJ business owner, that you or your team can take vacation time away from the office while your data and systems remain safe from hackers? Here are some cybersecurity tips for vacation days that might also include a little work mixed in.

1 – Avoid public Wi-Fi for work-related connections. Public Wi-Fi, which is found pretty much anywhere these days, is a hacker’s paradise. Sure, it’s convenient to have Wi-Fi available in coffee shops or in public spaces, but there are no protections for your data and it’s simply too easy for your log-in credentials to be sniffed or stolen.

2 – Connect via secure browser or VPN. If you or your employees are connecting to work over a remote desktop or to your file server, make sure they are doing this over a browser (where “https” will add a layer of security for files and websites) or via a VPN (virtual private network), which will enable users to connect to the web securely, and where files will be encrypted for safety.

3 – Have credential monitoring in place. These programs include dark web monitoring, so you’ll know if your employees’ information is being shared where it shouldn’t be. You can also set up personal credit monitoring for yourself and your family members. You’ll get helpful alerts about activity when your credentials are used in the wrong places, so you can take immediate action to remedy a potentially awful situation involving identity theft.

4 – Deploy mobile device management. For your employees who use company-issued mobile devices for business (laptops, tablets, smartphones) mobile device management (MDM) is the way to go. This software enables you to control access to corporate data and systems on those devices. You will also be able to to track devices, wipe data, shut them down (in case of loss), or deny access remotely. Ask us about MDM software for employee-owned devices that control access to company files and systems.

5 – Encrypt computer hard drives. For users on a laptop, tablet, or PC, it’s crucial that their hard drive is encrypted to protect data from theft. It’s not hard to lose a device while on the road, or have it stolen. Unfortunately, all the data on the hard drive is lost along with it. Encryption is a vital layer of protection that prevents access to data.

6 – Implement password management. A password management system allows employees to access business accounts on websites or software systems without being able to see or change the password. Set up the password system with your account information, and users can automatically log in to any site without having to remember any passwords—keeping that sensitive information out of hackers’ hands.

7 – Offer cybersecurity training to your employees. IND provides employee training that helps your workers identify malicious emails and avoid viruses, malware, and ransomware from infecting your system.

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Read more about how IND Corporation helps New Jersey companies protect their networks; then contact us to discuss your networking needs. From 24/7 proactive monitoring to the many consulting and network management services available through our TotalCare managed IT services plans, we’ll help keep your systems safe. One call to (973) 287-4782 will help you and your team enjoy plenty of vacation time, free of concerns about your system’s cybersecurity.