Christopher Lentz | December 11, 2015 11:44 AM
These days it is not enough to have anti-virus software installed on all your computers, laptops, and mobile devices. The world of business security has evolved into a diverse set of intrusions, exploits, and infections. Today's networks, large and small, require a more sophisticated approach to keeping data safe from the prying eyes of the malicious, technology-driven world we live in.
We can all recall the days when our anti-virus software was enough to keep out the infections and the attackers. Exploits were in the form of viruses and worms and we knew exactly how we got them: email attachments, drive-by downloads from infected websites, etc. Even then though, there were the few who believed they didn't need anti-virus software because it couldn't happen to them! I can recall one of my very first clients in Chicago, many years ago, claiming that they didn't need it. You can probably guess what happened next, they got a series of viruses of which cost them several dozen hours of billed cleanup time.
Now, we know better than ever that our data and computers require a more solid strategy to keep them safe and secure. So how can you be sure your network is safe?
Start with a great end-point solution, like Symantec Endpoint Protection, to protect each machine from viruses, malware, identity theft, and so much more. This by itself is a layered solution but we believe all businesses, both large and small, should go one step further still.
If you run a business, you should have an internet firewall to protect your network. Even a cheap firewall is better than none at all. Right now, you can get a decent firewall for around $100. If you can't afford that, check out eBay for a used Cisco PIX or a Dell Sonicwall TZ210 where you can get these for around $30-40. If you have the money though, get as robust of a firewall as you can afford because let's face it: the internet is no longer a safe place for your data to be roaming around freely!
Many businesses maintain records that contain personally identifiable information about their customers, including names, addresses, phone numbers, etc. For those of you who do, you may be required by law to have certain forms of security in place to protect this data. Past breaches have brought about regulations like PCI Compliance, HIPPA, and many more in an effort to protect our personal information. Depending on which regulations apply to you, you may require even more security measures to ensure the safety and security of the data that you hold on your servers, desktops, and even in your emails.
Don't get caught without having security in place for your data. Small business, large corporation; it does not matter to the malicious hacker probing your network for free data! Take our advice and speak to a security professional about your options, it might save your company hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal fees and more.