The Ten Step Checklist Every Business Needs For Better Security (Infographic)

In 2012, nearly 40% of businesses that fell victim to some sort of a security breach were small to medium sized businesses with less than 1000 employees.  Even more staggering is the fact that nearly 60% of small businesses will be forced to close their doors within six months of being victimized by cybercrime. Fortunately small businesses can protect their business, customers, employees and assets for very little cost and without having to follow long, hard to understand processes.

Monica Hamilton, Director of Small Business Product and Solutions Marketing at McAfee, recently shared in their blog, a ten step checklist that all small businesses should have when it comes to keeping their business safe. It’s ten simple steps, and they are outlined in the infographic below:


There you have it! Ten simple steps to follow, and revisit quarterly, to make sure you don’t end up being one of the 40 percent who has a security breach in 2013 and beyond!

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Carolyn Crummey is a business and technology strategist and the owner of VirTasktic (, an agency dedicated to providing high-level virtual services to small businesses and entrepreneurs. A lover of technology and small business, Carolyn has built a career on the intelligent use of technology to increase business efficiency and productivity, which ultimately leads to greater profitability. Carolyn works closely with her clients to understand their challenges and helps them integrate the best technology solutions into their businesses so they too can enjoy great successes. You can follow Carolyn on Twitter at @CarolynCrummey or @VirTasktic.

4 thoughts on “The Ten Step Checklist Every Business Needs For Better Security (Infographic)

  1. Tom Snyder

    Ok so lets do the math. 40% of business are victims of a security breach each year, of those 60% close. That means 40% * 60% = 24% of small business close each year due to a security breach. Sorry, that is simply not true. We support 100 small businesses and have had zero go out of business during the past year due to any sort of security breach. Not saying security is not something to be concerned about, but the author has data which far exaggerates the risk.

  2. Carolyn Crummey

    @disqus_G9ncWJIwSp:disqus Thank you for pointing out the discrepancy in relaying the data. I’ve updated it to ensure there isn’t any confusion relative to the data supplied.

    We certainly aren’t here to spread fear, yet just want to ensure that the small business community is aware of the threats that do exist, as many don’t prepare until it’s unfortunately too late.

  3. Ramon Ray

    @disqus_G9ncWJIwSp:disqus – now I am re-reading @carolyncrummey:disqus and Tom 🙂 Tom – thanks again…THANK YOU. Carolyn – thanks for clarifying what is for sure an important issue to all of us


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