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Business IT Networks

What are business networks?

Small businesses and home offices tend to have networks in place which are similar to the one you have to access the internet at home. These are generally set up with either one or two local area networks (LANs), each of which is controlled by its own network router.

As businesses become larger, so do the number of LANs to support their connectivity needs. These can be accessed both through wired connections using Ethernet cabling for higher speed and better performance and through wireless connections using Wi-Fi for more convenience.

When businesses become larger still and are based in more than one location, internal connectivity can be set up between offices. This is referred to as a campus network when the buildings are nearby one another, and wide area networks (WANs) when they are spread across different cities or countries.

Business networks accessing the internet

Companies generally allow their employees access to the internet using their business network. Unfortunately, this can leave businesses exposed to malicious software and untrusted websites. To combat this, many businesses use internet content filtering software to block access to selected websites and domains which may violate the company’s acceptable use policy.

Employees may also be given remote access to the business network so they can work from home or other locations. This can be done using a virtual private network (VPN) which set up by the company and then configured on employees’ computers and is a convenient and secure way to offer more flexibility in the workplace.

Business network security

Just like with your home networks, it is important to make sure your business networks are secure. With so much critical data stored and shared within your systems, network security becomes a number one priority. 

The weakest link comes from anyone creating poor and easily hackable passwords. Setting up password rules for whenever a device joins the network is recommended and having passwords expire periodically will strengthen network security greatly.

Creating a guest network is another effective way to keep your business networks secure. This provides visitors access to the internet while on your premises, without allowing them to connect to company servers or access sensitive data.

Backing up business data from the company servers and other devices is vital. Cloud-based network backup systems are recommended here, as the data is stored off-site in an encrypted format. These are very affordable and easy to set up, allowing you to back up your data automatically on a schedule that suits you.

If you’re unsure of where to start or have any questions when it comes to your business IT network, feel free contact us for help.

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