Small business networks face the same threats as large enterprise networks. However, they also contend with the challenge of limited budgets for IT expenditures. The role of administering the network in a small business often falls on the business owner or on the default in-house “techie,” both of whom wear many other hats in the organization and usually do not have the time, resources or expertise to work on complex deployments and administration. Fortunately, the problem of securing a small business network can be addressed by taking advantage of modern network security technologies.
The following 10 steps describe the primary challenges facing small network administrators today, and the solutions now available to resolve these challenges.