Security Threats: Selfish Employees & More Local, Less Global Threats

We all know that security is something we must be constantly vigilant about. Hackers, viruses, malware, hacked web sites, and more – are all yearning to steal our information, hack our web sites and more.
Security vendor Trend Micro‘s 2010 survey on corporate and small business end users finds two trends emerging:

  • Individuals are much more concerned about their own personal security threats than the company overall.
  • Hackers are going to focus on more local attacks as opposed to massive, global attacks.

Securing your company against attack is not hard, but it does take vigilance, training and establishing the proper technologies to thwart and block attacks.
Trend Micro offers this simple, but effective advice:

Keep your PCs and servers current with the latest software updates.
Always apply the latest security updates to your software programs and operating systems. Enable automatic updates where possible. Example: iTunes always asks you if you want to download the latest software. Do it!
Use layers of protection to secure your network – at home or in the office
The Worry-Free Business Security family of products (from Trend Micro, but other vendors such as Symantec, McAfee and AVG also sell similar technology) are built for small businesses and are easy to install, all-in-one solutions that require no dedicated IT resources or security expertise. Worry-Free solutions stop threats before they reach the business providing more effective protection while minimizing PC slow down.
Educate your employees.
Make sure employees are aware of spam and how they can help prevent it. Visit Home and Home Office Awareness & Prevention for tools and tips.
Set up a firewall
Control the data that coming through your ports by establishing a firewall.
What does this mean for your business?
1. Continue to work with a local technology consultant, or manage service provider to ensure your network, individual computers and mobile devices (including smart phones) are as secure as possible.
2. Ensure you use strong passwords and encrypt your data as much as possible
3. Be VERY careful what web sites you visit, what information you download and who you chat with.
4. Ensure your corporate information is backed up – this is the only way to have complete protection.
It’s also very important to remember that while only being concerned about your personal security is good, you must also remember that your company is only as strong as its weakest security link. Instead of chatting with friends on a company computer and receiving family photos from a chain of emails, it might be best to do that OFF of the corporate computer network, for everyone’s safety.