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Top 6 Must-Have Security Tips For Midsized  Businesses

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As your workforce becomes more mobile, and IoT usage continues to climb, the chance of your networking getting hacked becomes more and more likely. If you’re a midsize business, reducing the risk of security breaches on your network is key. Don’t know where to start? We got you covered. Follow these tried and tested tips to help ensure your company and your network are safe: 

 

TIP #1. Give Users The Right Access 

Because users roam and IoT devices are being used everywhere, Wi-Fi software with role-based access control is the way to go. It lets you minimize the number of SSIDs being used, while still letting you differentiate access per user or device type, whether it’s a guest, printer, or even the Apple TV someone brought in to work. 

Recommended Solution: Aruba ClearPass



TIP #2. Build Application-Friendly Policies 

Apply extra security based on location, the application being used, or traffic type. Automated policy enforcement makes it easy. Now you don’t have to worry about guest traffic interfering with an employee’s business-critical apps, regardless of location or time of day. 

Recommended Solution: Aruba ClearPass Policy Manager

 

TIP #3. Use The Latest Wi-Fi Security Standards Wpa2 

Wi-Fi security doesn’t cut it anymore. Security vulnerabilities have recently been uncovered in WPA2 that expose networks and clients to potential password phishing attacks. Protect yourself from unnecessary risk by ensuring the wireless equipment you choose is certified to support WPA3 with Enhanced Open with Opportunistic Wireless Encryption (OWE). 

Recommended Next-Steps: Learn more about Wi-Fi 6 with WPA3 and OWE use cases and explore Aruba’s Wi-Fi 6 Access Points

 

TIP #4. Choose Wi-Fi Access Points With Built-In Intrusion Protection 

Unknown access points on your network can keep IT up at night. Wi-Fi access points need to include wireless intrusion protection that helps you spot and shut down a rogue or interfering AP or other devices that potentially can pose a threat. The best part is that the network alerts an IT administrator about unwanted threats.

 

TIP #5. Manage Web Access With Built-In Content Filtering 

Preventing users from accessing malicious content is difficult, and keeping up with the ever-expanding list of unsafe Internet sites is almost impossible. A good way to keep your network safe is to choose a Wi-Fi solution that includes an easy way to filter by URL, location, or IP address to promote safe browsing. 

 

TIP #6. Select A Vendor Where Security Is Top Of Mind 

While strong network security is a smart choice, with more users connecting with multiple devices from multiple locations – consider adding centralized user and device-level control. An external policy server can be a lifesaver. Make sure built-in security features integrate seamlessly with advanced security solutions, where a full set of APIs can help you cover your bases. Aruba gives businesses peace of mind with edge-to-cloud security solutions - all with a built-in foundation for Zero Trust and SASE frameworks. 

 

Aruba Networks is an easy choice for midsized businesses looking to cut complexity and simplify their network - without compromising security. 

 

As a Platinum Aruba Networks partner, VLCM has access to the best pricing, and the greatest engineering talent to deploy networking solutions that are easy to use, time-saving, and secure. 

 

For security help or to explore Aruba solutions, contact VLCM today

 

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