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6 steps to secure your network


1. Closely monitor your traffic.

Monitor the traffic coming in and going out your firewall and read the reports carefully. Don’t rely on alerts to flag dangerous activity. Make sure someone on your team understands the data and is prepared to take the necessary action.

2. Stay up to date on new threats.

Keep an eye on new threats as they’re discovered and posted online. For example, Trend Micro’s TrendWatch site tracks current threat activity. Also, you can have the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT, a division of Homeland Security) email alerts to you about recently confirmed software vulnerabilities and exploits.

3. Regularly update your frontline defense.

To prevent threats from getting in, your business must deploy a strong frontline defense at the edge of the network. Make sure your firewall and anti-virus software is secure by enabling regular updates.

4. Train your employees on security protocols.

Train employees on an ongoing basis so they understand any changes to your acceptable use policy. Also, encourage a “neighborhood watch” approach to security.  If an employee notices anything suspicious, such as not being able to log in to an email account right away, he or she should notify the appropriate person immediately.

5. Protect against data loss.

Install a data protection solution. This type of device can protect your business from data loss if your network’s security is breached.

6. Consider additional security options.

Consider additional security solutions that will further protect your network as well as expand your company’s capabilities.

Cisco Makes Economic Case for Cybersecurity

SMBs Cybersecurity Risk, Their Opportunity
by Paul Barbosa

Cisco Systems this week is making generally available Cisco SecureX, a free management console through which cybersecurity teams can manage the entire Cisco cybersecurity portfolio, including a suite of Cisco Secure Remote Worker software for establishing virtual private networks (VPN).

Exacerbating that challenge further is the fact that in the current economic climate many organizations are being tasked to reduce the total cost of IT, which includes security. Cisco is addressing that requirement by increasingly embedding cybersecurity functions such as multifactor authentication within networking and server infrastructure, said Maynard. That approach, which Cisco has also extended to cloud services such as Microsoft Office 365, enables IT organizations to converge security and IT infrastructure management in a way that drives down costs, he noted.

Cisco SecureX advances that goal further by enabling IT organizations to monitor cybersecurity events via a centralized security operations center (SOC), Maynard said. In addition, he noted Cisco provides access to threat intelligence via its Talos service that feeds directly into Cisco Secure X.

Via Cisco Secure X, a cybersecurity team can then employ all the capabilities provided by Cisco to isolate endpoints, which Maynard said also serves to eliminate the need for dedicated endpoint detection and response (EDR) tools.

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Clear cache & cookies

When you use a browser, like Chrome, it saves some information from websites in its cache and cookies. Clearing them fixes certain problems, like loading or formatting issues on sites.

On your computer, open Chrome.
At the top right, click More More.
Click More tools and then Clear browsing data.
At the top, choose a time range. To delete everything, select All time.
Next to “Cookies and other site data” and “Cached images and files,” check the boxes.
Click Clear data.

Click Safari in the upper left hand side of your screen. In the menu that appears, click Preferences.
In the window that appears, click the Privacy tab. Click the button Remove All Website Data….
Click Remove Now in the pop up window that appears.

Click the menu button. and select Options.
Select the Privacy & Security panel.
In the Cookies and Site Data section, click Clear Data….
Remove the check mark in front of Cookies and Site Data.
With Cached Web Content check marked, click the Clear button.
Close the about:preferences page.

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