Seven Actions You Must Avoid When Keeping Your Network In Compliance

Posted on: 19 April 2018

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With concern over network security and customer data ending up in the wrong hands, there is a demand for technicians who can keep networks in compliance.

There are many ways that a network can fall out of compliance. For instance, there might be an improper change made to a router. There could be an important security patch that was never applied. Networks should be configured to automatically receive patches to plug security holes.

1. Don't Forget Documentation

To make sure that the network you are working on is always in compliance, make sure to create sufficient documentation. However, many network engineers find that it would take as long as a month to document an entire network. To speed the process of documentation along, look for solutions that will automate the documentation process.

2. Don't Forget to Monitor Your Network

Perform network monitoring to identify unauthorized devices. When a device connects to your network that does not belong, you may find your network compromised. Viruses could be introduced and an unauthorized device might steal data.

3. Don't Make Too Many Manual Changes 

Look for ways to minimize the number of manual changes made to your network. Manual changes are where errors are most often introduced. Anyone who works on a network can engage in poor practices or there may be an oversight.

4. Don't Forget to Analyze Your Firewall Policies

Perform regular network risk analysis to identify exposures in your firewall policies. You may need to run an assessment and create unique security controls for your network. Also, make sure to study the effectiveness of the rules you incorporated into your firewall policies.

5. Don't Go It Alone

Encourage your firm to always have an extra set of eyes. Two sets of eyes are less likely to miss a network compliance issue. Therefore, it is sometimes worthwhile to outsource network compliance to a third-party firm.

6. Don't Treat Compliance as a One-Time Fix

Network compliance should be an ongoing process. Many firms will realize they are not in compliance, implement the necessary fixes, and fail to perform audits in the future. But keeping a network in compliance is an unending struggle.

For example, you may have a process for combatting viruses, but you must also keep all of your definitions up-to-date. Otherwise, your anti-malware software may become ineffective.

7. Don't Forgo Training

The best way to stay up-to-date on the latest network security standards is to participate in a network compliance summit. These events will not only help you maintain your skills, but are also a great networking opportunity.