Acknowledging the Role of Cybersecurity in Telecommunications

Telecommunications are vital to existence today in our digital society.

Whether via voice, data, text, images or video we are constantly sharing information and connecting with people via telecommunication channels. We even use these channels to transfer sensitive information or to make payments – which means that cybersecurity measures need to be maintained for our data is secure and we are protected from any potential threats.

In this blog, we’ll discuss the importance of cybersecurity within telecom networks, share best practices for safeguarding our data and privacy, and discuss emerging threats and solutions in the ever-evolving landscape of cyberspace.

Best Practices for Safeguarding Data and Privacy

There are various different ways to protect your data, here we have gathered our top 5:

  • Encryption – An age-old method of securing information is to protect the data whilst in transit by using end-to-end encryption. By taking a message in ‘plaintext’ and encoding it into an unreadable format called ‘ciphertext’ before it begins its journey you can protect the data from any interception along the way, allowing it only to be de-coded when it has reached its destination. This ensures that only the sender and the recipient can access the contents of a message.
  • Control Access Levels – Don’t allow users to access information and network resources unless necessary. By restricting the access levels amongst users, you can keep a tight control over your data and who’s accessing it. This may require regular auditing to make sure user permissions are still accurate and that the right people have access to the right data.
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  • Update, Update, Update! – We know it can be time consuming and can get in the way of more time-pressured tasks, but updating to the latest software and updating your security software will ensure your device is best protected from cyber threats.
  • Network Segmentation – Efficient network management can help contain security breaches and minimise the impact of an attack. Splitting the network into zones and areas can keep sensitive assets safe whilst still running effectively.
  • Education – Employee training is vital to help users understand cybersecurity best practices and how to prevent a data breach. Knowing how to identify suspicious activity and where to report it can save valuable assets and potential attacks

Protect Your Business from Potential Threats

Everyday new threats and tactics emerge onto the digital scene. Cyber criminals are constantly looking for new ways to target data and businesses like yours can be vulnerable. So, it is good to keep on guard especially with the emergence of new technologies. 

The rollout of 5G networks requires new security considerations especially in addition to the integration of the Internet of Things (IoT). Sometimes these devices can have inadequate security controls which is why it is important to properly manage network segmentation with these devices and regularly check for software updates.

Despite these potential threats it is possible to create a safe working environment for your business.

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By adopting robust security measures, staying up to date with potential threats, educating staff and working together to promote the safety of sensitive data we can contribute to the greater issue of cybersecurity whilst avoiding attacks and data loss within our businesses.

If you are concerned about your cybersecurity or would just like to talk about what your business can do to protect your data, contact our friendly team at NT Voice & Data today:  01623 687750 or sales@ntvd.co.uk

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