Control – fundamental for effective IT security

A fundamental part of any effective IT security policy is the control you have over the network.

Where this becomes challenging is the introduction of the human element; both internally from staff who might not always know best and externally from people who do not always have the best interests of the firm at heart. The more control you have, the better positioned you are to protect the network from problems.

If you are at the head of an organisation’s IT team, then the ultimate responsibility for looking after its digital information is in your hands; this is a real burden especially in modern society, with computers being so powerful and harbouring such a lot of data.

Clear policy

The starting point of any high-control IT security policy is to make everything clear. This begins with your own mind, so make sure that you understand and can explain which processes are allowed in the workplace. With this is in mind you can begin communicating the policy to staff, who will probably have differing levels of IT knowledge.

If you can, it can really help to work alongside one or two of the employees who will be using the system, since they can give you invaluable information about how a staff member might react to certain advice and whether guidelines may cause problems in terms of their day-to-day operations.

Awareness

A major part of your control will come from knowing who is using what and how they are utilising it. With the help of inventory software, you can list all the devices connected to your network, as well as certain software details. These specifications should aid you in identifying problems; for example, linking a certain device or operating system with an issue.

Awareness of the technology you are dealing with can also have a significant impact on how you would go about solving something that has gone wrong – without knowing what is in use you are giving yourself a handicap in some senses.

Foresee issues

Being proactive rather than reactive is important in any job and it is no different in the world of IT. By keeping up to date with industry news and expert commentary, you should be able to foresee a number of troublesome issues, for instance, viruses or technical problems associated with certain devices.

However, your research does not stop there; you can also help yourself by trying to be present in company meetings when processes are being altered, as you may see an obstacle on the horizon – giving you plenty of time to produce a solution.

About The Author:-

John Stephen is a consultant. He is also an IT Support Technician, Internet Marketer and he loves to research with access software. He recommends http://www.kaseya.co.uk/ which provides the resources on strategic business goals while maintaining the availability, security and stability of your IT environment.

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