When it comes to security, most businesses would say that they take it seriously. Unfortunately, many businesses unintentionally leave themselves vulnerable by using wireless networks that aren't made for their business needs. The reality is that all businesses, even small and medium-sized ones, desperately need to upgrade to an enterprise wireless system.
Unlike consumer systems, which are built for households of a few people with little sensitive information, enterprise wireless solutions help keep a business running safely and efficiently. With significantly more users connected to the network, from guests to employees, to serving as an access point for sensitive information, commercial network solutions need to do significantly more heavy lifting than their in-home counterparts.
There are two key reasons that all businesses need to switch over to an enterprise wireless solution: security and ease of management.
1. Enterprise wireless boosts security
First and foremost, an enterprise wireless solution centralizes all employee activity under one umbrella, which helps protect a business as it grows. By connecting wireless access with an employee's login information, businesses can better control who can be a part of the system. This is especially critical for businesses to do, because even though most cyber attacks are initiated by outside actors, Verizon found that 28% began with company insiders.
By integrating your wireless system with your directory of active employees, accounts can be deleted quickly and access to the network is restricted. This ensures that all network data stays secure, something that's impossible to do with a consumer wireless network.
Additionally, enterprise solutions allow your company to track who is connected to your network as well as monitor what resources they are using. Besides pinpointing if someone is maliciously using your system, this feature also uncovers who is using the most bandwidth within a company. This ensures that the business is running smoothly and ensures that everyone can get the job done.
2. Enterprise wireless makes data management easier
In a workplace that is increasingly mobile and where employees carry laptops through different parts of a business, an enterprise solution makes staying connected easy, as Zebra Solutions mentions on their blog. If your company's physical footprint is large, an enterprise wireless solution will be able to automatically jump from network to network as an employee moves through the building. This means your team won't be stuck waiting for a connection to pick up as they enter another room and increases productivity overall.
Additionally, enterprise wireless systems are more convenient for IT and support. If your business has multiple consumer-grade network routers, configuring each router can be a waste of time and energy. With an enterprise solution, the management is centralized within the cloud and every device can be configured with the click of a mouse. This makes it easier to manage the system as a whole, as well as diagnose any problems.
Enterprise wireless solutions do cost more than consumer-friendly wireless systems. But they are 100% worth the investment, even for smaller companies. As the Ponemon Institute discovered in 2017, cyber security risks for small and medium organizations are on the rise, with the number of their survey respondents reporting a cybersecurity attack in the previous year jumping 6% from 2016 to 2017.
Protecting yourself with a wireless system that is built for a true enterprise is one of the easiest ways to make sure that your company's information stays safe. The costs of a security breach far outweigh the savings that come from personal wireless networks.
Invest in your security today and get in touch with ICS Support for help finding the right enterprise wireless solution for your company.