Network Security Checklist

Network Security Checklist

Every SMB should have a written (and thoughtfully prepared) network-security plan in place.

The following tips should help you develop, and win support for, an effective network-security plan:

  • Focus on return on value rather than return on investment. Consider the potentially devastating impact of security breaches such as loss of revenue or customer litigation
  • Never assume network attacks will only come from outsiders. Loyal employees can inadvertently create security vulnerabilities, and disgruntled or former employees can cause considerable damage
  • Don't be tempted to confront security concerns with a piecemeal approach rather than a single, unified strategy
  • Work with others within your company to develop and implement security strategies, focusing on technology, training, physical site security, and more
  • Find the right balance between security and usability. The more secure your network is, the more difficult it can be to use


James A. Martin
Cisco Systems, Inc.
10 Jul 2008
01 Jan 2005
3 Page(s)
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