Spam is a serious problem for every business. Spam is unsolicited information sent from one user to another, typically via email, that is unwanted by the recipient, and costs your business in terms of time and resources necessary to address the problem. An estimated 94 million messages considered spam are sent on a daily basis. Researchers with Microsoft and Google have estimated the societal cost of spam to be in the neighborhood of $20 billion.
Your IT security management services are responsible for the email security of your organization. It is important to consider all anti-spam services that are available to you and security management services necessary to beef up security and protect your hosted email service from unwanted intrusions and potential harm to your network. Here are some tips and suggestions you may want to consider when working with an IT managed service provider to address your issue with spam.
Ongoing Monitoring of Network Traffic
One of the first steps that you and your IT security management services can take to improve network security is to implement ongoing monitoring of your network traffic. There are many different solutions available on the market that can be custom designed by your IT managed service provider that allows you to establish a baseline for your data flow and detect unusual traffic patterns. Understanding traffic pattern flows is a quick and easy way for you to map your network flows and react to pattern changes that may pose a threat to your network.
Renaming Your Admins to Thwart Directed Attacks
A simple way to address dedicated attacks and efforts by spammers to bombard your network with unwanted messages is by renaming the privileged or admin accounts on your server. This tip, according to a July 2012 InfoWorld.com article, is designed to keep those who may have gotten inside your network from engaging in a password guessing scheme designed to gain unauthorized access to your system. Renaming your admin accounts may defeat the attempts of hackers and prevent dangerous malware from reaching your employees.
Review and Require Periodic Updates to Passwords
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) offers several tips for securing your data network. One of the tips provided by the FCC is for organizations such as yours to ensure that your employees use passwords that are unique and changed periodically, at least once every three months. Requiring your employees to engage in a practice of regularly updating their passwords is a sure way to prevent hackers from attacking your network and threatening the security of your data.
Creating a Plan of Action
Any affirmative steps you take for protecting your data networks will rely on your ability to create and implement a plan of action. The plan must include actions your IT team is required to take and a communication element that allows important stakeholders, like your employees, to understand their responsibilities in ensuring full implementation and compliance. Securing your network is extremely important. Taking the necessary actions to do so falls on your shoulders, so the actions you take will determine how your organization meets its obligation to protect its vital data and reduce the amount of spam that you receive.
Managing your internet security is an around-the-clock job. Make sure you have the right strategy in place with help from the IT security pros at JENLOR. Our security management services come with 24/7 monitoring and alerting, allowing us to monitor your network and keep it free from harmful exposure. So stop wasting time and money on unwanted emails, and start beefing up your organization’s security standards by contacting JENLOR today.