For Businesses

According to a 2010 study performed by Symantec, out of 1,000 U.S. small business owners, the average annual cost of cyber-attacks on small and medium sized businesses was $188,242. Statistics also suggest roughly 60 percent of small businesses will close within six months of a cyber-attack. The stakes are high for individual businesses and the nation as a whole: a single malware attack or data breach can be fatal to a small business, but the collective vulnerability of all businesses is a major economic security challenge. So how do you protect your business from being victimized?

Our Expert’s Opinion
(Slaven Manning, MCSE)

Minimum Security Solution:

For the small business, there really is no acceptable “minimum IT security solution.” Anything less than recommended security is unacceptable.

Recommended Security Solution:

Recommended IT security for the Small Business includes all of the recommendations a typical home user should have with the additional requirement that all “shoulds” now become mandatory:

  1. Any wireless traffic must be encrypted with the highest encryption supported by the wireless router.
  2. All servers and workstations, and any tablets or other mobile devices capable, must run security software capable of providing both antivirus and anti-malware protection.
  3. All email other than web-based must be protected by an antivirus / anti-spam / anti-malware solution.
  4. There must be at least one individual responsible for monitoring all computers for available operating system and security updates and applying those updates when available.
  5. All users should be required to have an individual logon assigned to them and each logon should be required to have a complex password assigned to it.
  6. Each server or computer must be logged off or locked when a user is not present at the system.

In other words, the “small” in Small Business does not reduce the needs for IT security which would also apply to a “larger” business. The importance of data integrity and security does not differ depending upon the size of the organization which depends upon that data.

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