Almost every business uses Wi-Fi in some way or another. Whether it’s to access email via the Internet or process payments, Wi-Fi plays a fundamental role in today’s business operations.
However, this creates an opening for cyber criminals to seek out unsecure networks and steal valuable information. In fact, over 650 million data breaches occurred in the first half of 2018, exposing 22.41 million records.
To prevent your business from becoming another cyber statistic, we’ve outlined the steps you need to secure your Wi-Fi network.
How to Secure Your Wi-Fi Network
A data breach could cripple your business. Not only does it inhibit consumer trust, data breaches cost an average of $3.86 million. Fortunately, it’s not that difficult to improve your Wi-Fi security. Follow the steps below to secure your business’ wireless Internet connection.
1. Physically secure your router in a safe location. Some routers come equipped with a reset button that can remove your security settings. Consider locking your router in an office or cabinet. For even more security, implement access control or video surveillance to safeguard the router location. Mount remote wireless access points out of reach, and ensure that their connecting cables are protected.
2. Remove default logins and disable remote access. Most routers come with a default username or password that can easily be found on the Internet. Set a quality password and disable remote access to the router’s administration features.
3. Change your network name. The service set identifier (SSID) is the name of your network people see when they connect to the Wi-Fi. A good SSID should make the network easy to identify, but should not include information about the internet service or equipment installed.
4. Update firmware. Firmware is the software that runs directly on your router or wireless access point. Regularly check for updates, which contain vital security patches that prevent hackers from accessing your network.
5. Utilize wireless protected access (WPA). WPA or WPA2 (preferred) are types of wireless encryption technologies that provide data protection. For most routers, simply log in to the settings to update your security mode to the safer options.
To understand the difference in these security settings and their protection strength, read this resource.
6. Turn on your firewall. Firewalls protect your business network from outside attacks, and depending on the make and model of your router, it may come with one built in. Ensure it is already turned on and enabled through your router’s settings.
7. Partner with a security vendor that offers managed network services. This service helps you control the performance and security of your business networks with 24/7 management, change control, monitoring and network operations support.