With the very first 5G network in the UK having been rolled out this summer by EE, many businesses have naturally been inspired to innovate and adopt all manner of smart technologies. But while it’s being lauded as the next generation of technology, this network can present a significant security risk – so it’s essential that businesses are doing what they can to keep their data safe.
Why is it important?
There are a number of things that can make your system vulnerable, from weak passwords to insufficient/incorrect employee access permissions. But the most common causes tend to stem from poor WiFi security measures. Unsecured networks risk the chance of huge amounts of data moving across the airwaves with no form of encryption or safety.
And with hackers becoming increasingly sophisticated, businesses can’t afford not to take preventative measures when it comes to their commercial WiFi.
Top tips for keeping your commercial WiFi secure
With that said, here are our main recommendations for helping to keep your business WiFi as secure as possible:
1. Keep a backup
Hackers will often try and lock businesses out of their systems, so it’s important to have a backup of your data stored in a separate location. Of course, the best solution is to keep your IT infrastructure secure, so data isn’t at risk of being leaked at all, but it’s wise to take this as a preventative measure too.
2. Use encryption, every time
Many incorporate it as default, but it’s essential that your network is encrypted. This ensures that all data transmitted is completely protected, both on and off-site.
3. Secure your hardware
You need to make sure your physical equipment is protected too, so it’s worth looking into a solution to secure your hardware. Cisco Umbrella is a great example; it can automatically uncover existing and emerging threats, untrusted links and malware. All delivered via the cloud, it offers powerful protection.
4. Encourage a culture of cyber awareness
It’s never been more important to ensure your staff have a good understanding of cyber best practices. With more and more employees now in a position to work remotely, it’s essential that they’re educated on how to do so safely. Remind them that each of their passwords should be unique, including those on their personal devices, to help reinforce the importance of the idea.
5. Update regularly
Be sure to install and run regular updates on every computer you have within the business – don’t just assume they’ll update automatically. Check that all firewalls are up to date and in use, and address any red flags as a matter of urgency.
6. Stay smart with your approach
Your business is unique, and therefore so are your requirements, so don’t take a one-size-fits-all approach – a combination is best, in order to help you detect threats as quickly as possible and resolve them effectively.
It can be overwhelming, so do what is suitable for you. That might be outsourcing your security measures entirely, or establishing new policies and retraining staff. But ultimately, it pays to not be negligent. Your network needs to adapt to a changing environment, both from a business and a technology perspective, in order to stay secure in a smart world.
If you’d like to learn more about keeping your commercial WiFi network secure, don’t hesitate to get in touch.