It is not uncommon for the client of network security to ask the question, “Can we do my work for me?” The answer to this question should be, “No, you cannot.” You cannot duplicate the efforts of someone who has spent years and millions of dollars training other professionals to properly manage network security.
Identifying Your Network Security Needs
But you can identify what the actual needs are in your network security situation. You will need to determine your specific needs, develop a strategy and then create and implement it.
When you are running a small business, financial constraints and time constraints can cause you to make some mistakes. If you fail to take advantage of these constraints, they can limit your ability to effectively manage and maintain the security of your network. In this day and age, it is more important than ever that you take advantage of the computer system that you have in place. You should learn how to protect it.
First, if you have decided to purchase a network security system for your company, take a look at your current system. Do you know how to use it? Do you understand how it works? Are there areas that are redundant and where you may want to change them?
Hiring a Professional Consultant
If you are a small business owner and the above questions seem like a waste of time, this may not be the right option for you. If you are serious about implementing a security system for your company, you will need to hire the services of a professional consultant.
Data loss is an absolute last resort. Network security should be a priority and even if you are afraid of the unknown, you should realize that there are many areas where your current system may not be adequate.
The first step to implementing a network security consultant is to meet with him or her to discuss the following. These meetings should be scheduled at least two months before the implementation date.
Location: the location should be somewhere that is convenient to the security personnel and may be off-site from the physical location. Make sure that your security personnel are aware of where the meeting is going to be held and what will be discussed. It is also important that the meeting location is well lit so that it does not become difficult for the security personnel to identify the location.
Hardware: make sure that the meeting is held during a time when there are no security systems being used at that moment. This is very important since it is difficult to predict what will happen next. If they are using a system and you do not know it, make sure that your security consultant knows.
The timing of the meeting is very important. The consultant must be able to explain how the meeting will be used and what your roles and responsibilities will be, even if you are not a computer savvy person.
Time: make sure that you set aside enough time in the meeting to review the data that is available to you. It is important that you understand and fully understand the data that will be presented to you. You will need to know what you should be looking for in order to conduct the initial and follow up audits that are necessary.
If possible, set up a series of meetings as each month goes by until all of the data is reviewed, the audit documentation is written and the full agenda is developed. Once you have all of the information required to conduct a successful audit, you will be better able to take your organization to the next level.