Keep your business secure with these helpful tips

Keep your business secure with these helpful tips

Just some basic security education is all it takes to keep a business secure. You don’t need the flashiest firewall (though you should have one and we’d be happy to recommend you a Netgate pfSense firewall!) but just thinking secure will help you a long way. Follow these tips to keep your business secure.

It’s time to say goodbye to Windows Server 2008 R2 & Windows 7

Windows Server 2008 R2 Desktop Screenshot
Ahh, the good old days!

Windows Server 2008 R2 was probably my favorite version of Windows Server. It was clean, stable, and it worked great! However, in 2020, it’s time for it to go to pasture. Microsoft stopped updating both Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2 in January of 2020 along with Windows 7. Windows Server 2019 is here and Windows 10 has been here since 2015. These operating systems are still receiving updates and Windows 10, which is operating as “Windows as a Service”, will give you updates for forever (which is relative: eventually, your hardware will fail or drivers won’t be available for a future Windows 10 version). Besides the obvious security risks in running an outdated operating system, Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 lack something else: TLS 1.2 and 1.3. These new versions of TLS are more secure and they’re included by default in Windows Server 2019. The problem here is that web browsers such as Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome no longer support TLS 1.0 and TLS 1.1. That means visitors to your website will be blocked and unable to access it. That’s lost revenue!

Don’t host web servers and mail servers on your business internet

This is an instance of just because you can doesn’t mean you should. If you’re hosting a web and/or mail server on your network and it’s not properly secured, attackers can get into your corporate network. They can also spam from your email server causing your ISP to shut off your Internet. Attackers can also perform an attack called a DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service). This attack will overload your Internet making it impossible for employees to do work and can even take your website and email down.

Use the cloud to your advantage here! Microsoft 365 and G Suite are excellent places to host your email. Microsoft and Google can easily protect themselves from DDoS attacks. They actually get attacked every day, but you never notice. For your corporate website, we recommend NodeSpace Hosting. If you’d rather host your website in a cloud environment, we are a Microsoft Partner and would be more than happy to help you build out a custom Azure environment!

Keep your computers updated

This is kind of a “duh” but it’s easily overlooked. Keep your computers and servers updated and patched can keep a lot of security issues at bay. And if you need help with this, we offer our TotalCare managed service offering which will automatically keep things patched.

Hire a helping hand

Sometimes you just need an extra set of eyes on things. This is where we come in. We’re happy to review anything for you just to make sure it makes sense and will keep you secure. If you’d prefer, we offer architecting and engineering services for systems, networks, and cloud. We always design with security in mind! You can contact us to talk about your project and how we can help. We’ll provide you a free, no-obligation quote.

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