If you missed it, click over to read Malware—Defined and Explained, an introduction to the catch-all term for harmful or exploitative software used to extract confidential data. Today’s post takes a deeper dive into best practices for protecting your computer network against malware and other cybercrime attacks.

It’s impossible to overstate the significance and impact of cyber threats. Although it may feel like an impossible task, aiming to be malware-free is a business priority that can be achieved by standardizing processes and employee mindfulness. Below are 5 recommended preventive measures and their justification for protecting your company’s IT network from cybercrimes.

1. Install Anti-Virus Software

It might sound obvious, but you’d be surprised how many work and personal computer devices remain unprotected — and don’t forget the smart phones. Install anti-virus software on every device within your organization as standard protocol and establish a tracking system to ensure the policies don’t lapse.

2. Update Software Regularly

Equally as obvious as the first — always, keep software updated. When software updates, not only is it changing layouts and interface elements that you can see, but also it is patching vulnerabilities in the outdated systems and stopping attackers from finding a backdoor into your device.

For business owners and managers, your IT staff should know the importance of updating software; encourage other employees to adopt this behavior, too.

3. Buy Apps from Trusted Sources Only

Stick to the major players when downloading apps. Big brands like Apple and Google take great care to uphold their reputation and ensure they aren’t distributing corrupt products. Before downloading, it’s always worthwhile to quickly skim-read the app’s description to check its authenticity.

4. Install Firewall

Another line of defense that you can deploy to protect devices is installing a firewall. A firewall blocks all unauthorized access either to or from a device from another computer network. Without getting too in the weeds, firewalls deliver one of the elements that are found in good anti-virus software but do this more robustly.

For max protection, establish an organizational policy that all devices must have anti-virus protection and firewall installed.

5. Back Up Your Data Regularly

In the instance that your company’s network is hit by a malware attack, you’ll need to access a recent backup of important files. Get into the habit of backing up regularly. For business owners and managers of large organizations, your IT department should regularly run backups at a company level. For smaller organizations without an IT department, train your employees to be in the habit of backing up data. These can be a lifesaver if things go wrong.

So, there you have it, all you need to know to protect your company’s computer systems from malware and 99.9% of other forms of cybercrime!

If the thought “How secure is my business network?” has crossed your mind, it might be time to contact TriQuest to get the conversation started about a FREE cybersecurity risk assessment. An assessment will help you detect the vulnerabilities and symptoms in your network that can solve budget-shattering, performance-inhibiting, and potentially dangerous problems before they occur.

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