IT infrastructure comprises of many moving parts, from computer systems we use to different business applications dependent on factors each business makes for it self. Each aspect requires protection, with few important ones listed below with multiple level protection consideration.
Computers: systems that all users work on while completing tasks need security and checks on few different aspect starting from user access to system changes or updates. Having users being trained on few simple aspects to keep integrity of the systems in place while being able to provide access to system resources as per usage. Next comes with basic antivirus we mostly have on our computers however most businesses miss checks and updates without centralized system to be proactive for resolving issues. Within computer operating system there is even hidden backups to be configured. This provides security, backup, and protection for system and there usage.
While keeping a check for system points all applications, updates and optimization provides extra protection with data and system use. Keeping all the users working productive.
Centralization: With increase in number of systems accounts and access control becomes essential with workstation or domain level controls to be configured. This binds the computer access to users and makes sure everyone gets their system configured to required tasks each user needs to perform. Having control and regular checks becomes important to keep. For smaller businesses this can be done on centralized dashboard with local accounts while for bigger organizations for streamlined process and checks active directory is recommended.
Emails: Most used IT communication method, with business using to communicate important information with each other. The protection can be from basic spam to get less annoying emails, something we all get in even a free protection plan. While for businesses having to loose an email can cost as well for which you need a digest to review weekly or daily quarantined list of messages. URL protection from any links which might be sent on email. Some business need further levels of security with data level protection to keep a check on emails being exchanged, active archive for all emails being exchanged for reference in future. With tons of emails being shared between users protection becomes important and choosing your own level.
Network: While the systems network WiFi or wired has its own set of protection. Getting firewall to protect from web connectivity choosing the access you need for systems from outside the office and being able to access them securely. With having configured multiple level protection with network checks using unified threat control makes it even secure and productive for uses being protected and having that extra security network needs.
Information: Data or files we process from time to time, daily generated information requires security by access and back up mechanism. Access can be controlled from cloud sharing using the correct application or having centralized systems. While making the choice you need to consider protection on system basis or from centralized location. Each file is important, as the time to redo the work can be more costlier than investing in protection. Multi level protection with in-build system, in-house and cloud just makes it more reliable for businesses.
Web: With increasing online traffic to websites for research, information, cloud application, sharing and visits to business or personal information. being able to protect users and setting some online standards for organization becomes important. Depending on business a few different levels can be configured, while also schedule access to certain web site for better productivity. Having social media access between certain time frames or after hours.
Business Systems: servers and critical computers require their own recovery mechanism, having greater availability and dependence of users accessing these systems. Checks for performance, and updates reviewing application or configured roles of server. More dependency of users the better the mechanism required to keep it running while having fault tolerance a multiple level.
Fail-over Plan: business depend on IT and each user being able to connect from where they work. This can be structured in a lot of ways depending on business recovery time frame and retention setup. Checks and Updates with schedule for each point gives security of business systems that it deserves and always in know about of working connected systems to operate.
Cloud and In-House: For a perfect protection plan for business always consider in-house and cloud options for each system in use. This gives added security, while consideration of having the right system knowing configuration, backup mechanism, access ease, team use and other factors always play an important role in making a decision.
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