Feb 28, 2014

How can a SMB establish an effective cyber-security plan?

I don’t work at a huge company with lots of resources at the moment. There are only a few of us here, and we all wear a lot of different hats. There isn’t a dedicated IT department, there are just a handful of people trying to make a small business successful. That said, we are all aware that we face risks and need to take cybersecurity seriously to protect both our company and the privacy of our customers. We also know the obvious basics - use up-to-date antivirus software, make sure other software is patched, etc. Beyond that, what should we look at doing to establish a more secure environment and protect our data?

I agree with Chris on this. You probably already have the PC end of it take care of, but the mobile situation might be different entirely. So focusing on that and developing a sound mobile security strategy is a must-do these days.
For concrete examples and an action plan, check out the 80/20 Rule of Information Security that my team did as a public service to the community. You can find it here: http://microsolved.com/?page_id=291

It is something we did to try and give back to the security community. It has a specific set of initiatives that your organization can undertake to build an effective security program.

Questions, drop me a line on Twitter for help.

The California AG’s office recently published some guidelines to help small businesses increase their awareness of security threats and help mitigate those risks. Most of it is fairly common sense, but they are still valid points. Here are the 10 points (and THIS is the link to the full publication that expands on the basic ideas.):

1. Assume you are a target.

2. Lead by example. 

3. Map your data.

4. Encrypt your data.

5. Bank securely.

6. Defend yourself.

7. Educate employees. 

8. Be password wise.

9. Operate securely.

10. Plan for the worst.  


In January, for the first time ever, more Internet traffic was generated by mobile apps than PC browsers. That trend will only continue, so my advice would be to develop a mobile strategy that includes managing devices and apps with an eye toward security. Pay particular attention to the permissions requested by the apps your mobile workers use.

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