It’s a scary world out there: especially if you’re in charge of your small business’s IT security. We’re not here to stoke those fears. Television and news do that well enough. So, in this report we’ll borrow stories from the airwaves, both real and fictitious, to provide the context for the following small business IT security best practices. Follow these and fear not.
Security is at the forefront of news, and although companies are making an effort to simplify the typically intense technical and legal fine print of something like the Terms and Conditions, something like cloud security certifications are still fairly hard to follow and are loaded with heavily technical terms. (more…)
The site that stores your personal and professional files, was hacked. Your PSN account, was hacked. The place you go to find an affair, was hacked. And despite the latest patches and updates, your iPhone and Android are both, hopelessly vulnerable to being hacked. You know none of your accounts are safe, you’ve seen all the hack headlines, and that scares you. Or maybe you don’t see the glass as half empty, but rather see it as half ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ . You read about hacks every day: nothing is safe and there’s no point worrying or paying much attention to them. But there is a third option for business owners: be pragmatic, stay informed, and take everything a step at a time.
Patching your software is kinda like going to the dentist: you’ll probably be fine if you put it off for a bit, but the longer you wait, the greater the risk that your grin will solely consist of gums. In case you aren’t familiar with it, a patch is an update to a piece of software. These updates often include fixes that might improve the user experience, lead to a new feature or two, squash bugs, or, more importantly, address security flaws. This is only magnified when it concerns your business.