How To Protect Your Company’s Intranet

Just as how your body relies on a central nervous system to transmit signals throughout your body, your company intranet works as your corporate nerve system to ensure your company can continue to function properly. Even with the advancements in technology, cloud-based intranets and networks are still central to any company in their day-to-day business.

Because of this, corporate intranets are greedily eyed by hackers and cybercriminals. Corporate intranets require strong security measures to ensure unauthorised and unscrupulous individuals don’t gain access to your company intranet. This article looks at ways you can protect your company’s intranet.

Strong Entry Authentication
Strong protective measures must be taken to protect your intranet from attacks by hackers. Instead of just relying on simple username – password account logins, using stricter authentication methods will go a long way in preventing unwarranted access into your company’s network. Many employees also rely on simple passwords for their corporate accounts, making their accounts susceptible to being hacked and compromising the entire intranet.

Stricter authentication methods like biometrics or One Time Passwords, sent to the individual’s phone, provide nearly unbreakable obstacles to hackers. Simply using multifactor authentication when logging in, for example by adding a biometric scan to a simple password login, will discourage hackers from even thinking about gaining entry into your system. Multifactor authentication prevents weak passwords from compromising the security of your company’s intranet.

Identity and Access Management
Identity and access management (IAM) services and products are usually vended by external IT security companies. The IAM system is then incorporated into your company’s intranet. The core of IAM systems is ensuring that the right people get the right access and at the right time, be it active directories, single sign-ons or federated access systems. Regardless if the company’s intranet is locally based or cloud-based, IAM keeps track of each user and allocates the proper amount of information each individual can access.

IAM is crucial in preventing unauthorised access to delicate information within the intranet. IAM allocates a suitable amount of accessible information for each individual within the firm, depending on the individual’s position and his or her needs. In the event of a hacking, a compromised account can only access a certain amount of information and data. Having proper IAM measures in place restricts the potential damage of a hacking by an external party or an unhappy ex-employee.

Proper Training
A chain is only as strong as its weakest link. For intranet security, the strongest and most complex security measures will count for nought if your staff members ignore it. Proper, standardised training regarding their IT security responsibilities will go a long way to ensure your intranet avoids security breaches.

To conduct the most comprehensive training, workshops can be conducted by both in-house or by external IT teams. This will give your employees a more holistic view on the necessity of ensuring strict security measures.

To conclude, the abundance of high profile hackings should alert you to the constant threat a company intranet faces. However, you can deter hackers by implementing tough IT security measures. Multifactor authentication, a clear IAM system and proper training are excellent ways to build up a strong defence against cyber attacks.