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Free Guide to IT Security For Car Dealerships

Network Box : 17 May, 2010  (New Product)
Network Box has created a free downloadable guide aimed at car dealerships aimed at providing information about good practices in IT Security
Car dealerships, like so many businesses, are increasing the amount of business-related activities they carry out online, from checking inventory and ordering new parts, to communicating with customers and downloading manuals.

A new guide - IT Security for Car Dealerships - released today by managed security firm Network Box, provides guidelines for car dealerships to follow to protect their IT networks from security threats.

The guide is free to download from Network Box's website and is designed to help car dealerships understand the unique risks that they face (such as keeping the network secure when it is constantly connected to third party databases). It also provides guidelines to help minimise the risk of breaches taking place.

In the guide, Network Box recommends that all car dealerships should take steps to remedy possible security weak points, including:

1. Secure external connections by connecting to third-party suppliers via a secure VPN and keeping your security systems updated to minimise the risk of infection.
2. Defend dedicated links by accessing them through a firewall or UTM system.
3. Control downloads. Ensure that only trusted data is downloaded and prevent non-work related video and audio streams clogging up the network by using an access management content scanning system.
4. Secure applications and restrict administrator status on them. All applications must be regularly tested for vulnerabilities.
5. Review security systems regularly and avoid human error.
6. Educate employees on the importance of tight security systems via security trainings sessions held at least once a year.
7. Never leave computers unmanned and ensure applications have strong passwords.
8. Keep all security systems updated. Check for the latest versions and make sure these are used across the whole organisation.
9. Check routing to ensure that all data is routed through the correct channels and nothing bypasses security systems.
10. Check outbound data in the same way that inbound data is checked (including new technology such as IM). This will help prevent lapses in data security.
11. Tap into expert knowledge. Don't be afraid to ask for guidance. Security is becoming an increasingly sophisticated issue which requires specialist knowledge. Hold regular training sessions for staff or being in security experts to run your systems.
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