"Most small businesses are using computers to run their business, but they're not protecting themselves because they think they're small potatoes, and nobody would be after them," says Richard L. Kissel, an information technology specialist at the National Institute of Standards and Technology.
Typically smaller businesses have a casual approach towards information security, less is more. But it's been our experience that this mind-set usually ends in disaster.
Hackers don't "sort according to size" when seeking out a target. Their scans are automated and run through everything connected to the Internet looking for an open hole.
An absolutely VITAL step to protect organization is keeping your security software licenses up-to-date. Without having the most recent virus definitions, your software becomes quickly outdated and in some cases, is like having no protection at all.
That's a needless risk given that there are many low-cost PC security options on the market, and even some that are free like Microsoft Security Essentials and some reputable shareware packages. Other absolutely necessary steps include configuring firewalls and the security parameters of wireless networking devices.
Even if your budget won't support adding a full-time IT person, connect with an IT services firm that offers this service, and even better, a Managed IT Services program.
Tips for Securing Mobile Workers
Doing business requires a lot of time spent on the road, but what's different these days is you and your employees are on the road with YOUR business data. Now more than ever, it's vital to have security strategies in place to avoid any unauthorized access to your sensitive business information. We've put together a set of tips that will help you get a grip on your current mobile situation, while laying out a protection plan that will grow (and go) with you. Request our Mobile Security Tips and a Free on-site evaluation of your wired/wireless network, access points, data backups, and security.
Complimentary network evaluations are available. Contact us to learn more. We have some very low-cost (and even no-cost) options for increasing your company's wired and wireless/mobile IT Security.