Network Administration: Securing Your Users - dummies

Network Administration: Securing Your Users

The most difficult job of administering network security is securing your network’s users. All the best-laid security plans will go for naught if your users write down their passwords on sticky notes and post them on their computers.

The key to securing your network users is to create a written network security policy and stick to it. Have a meeting with everyone to go over the security policy to make sure that everyone understands the rules. Also, make sure to have consequences when violations occur.

Here are some suggestions for some basic security rules you can incorporate into your security policy:

  • Never write down your password or give it to someone else.

  • Accounts should not be shared. Never use someone else’s account to access a resource that you can’t access under your own account. If you need access to some network resource that isn’t available to you, you should formally request access under your own account.

  • Likewise, never give your account information to a coworker so that he or she can access a needed resource. Your coworker should instead formally request access under his or her own account.

  • Don’t install any software or hardware on your computer — especially wireless access devices or modems — without first obtaining permission.

  • Don’t enable file and printer sharing on workstations without first getting permission.

  • Never attempt to disable or bypass the network’s security features.