Network Security: Educate Yourself

We all need to know more about how to better secure our networks. With this in mind WatchGuard Technologies, Inc. has launched a special educational resource section on its Web site that includes network security educational guides and tip sheets for small to mid-sized enterprises (SMEs) in recognition of National Cyber Security Awareness Month, an initiative spearheaded by the National Cyber Security Alliance throughout October 2004.
As part of an ongoing effort to help both IT administrators and business users in SME organizations worldwide become more knowledgeable about network security and optimize security plans, policies and solutions, WatchGuard is kicking off its participation in National Cyber Security Awareness Month by providing online access to a wide range of educational resources at
The site includes content such as ‘The Practical Guide for Better Security,’ which covers topics ranging from how to analyze sources of risk and identify system vulnerabilities, to how to develop a tailored security plan and policy. It also includes worksheets to help SMEs assess their individual security requirements.
“Security has become a top-of-mind issue for small to mid-sized enterprises, who recognize that they are no longer ‘flying under the radar’ when it comes to security threats,” said John Stuckey, vice president of marketing for WatchGuard. “For example, a report issued recently by the Yankee Group indicated that 87 percent of SMEs had experienced some kind of security problem in the past twelve months. We’ve been providing educational content – in addition to vulnerability alerts – to subscribers of our LiveSecurity Service for years. The feedback from customers has been so positive that we wanted to make these resources available to a wider audience of SME organizations worldwide. We hope that our materials will help ease the burden of IT administrators in growing businesses who are constantly challenged to meet changing security requirements under tight resource constraints.”
For more information on National Cyber Security Awareness Month or the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), a not-for-profit public-private partnership focused on driving awareness and education of cyber security for home user, small business, and education audiences, please visit www.StaySafeOnlineinfo.