Small business computer security is essential to protecting your company from viruses, spyware, hackers, and other threats. To ensure you’re fully protected, you should begin by matching your current and future security needs to the required security technologies.
Start with an inventory of the small business computer security technologies already in place. Are all of your computers protected by antivirus software? Are all mobile laptops as well as stationary desktops protected by firewalls, virtual private networks (VPNs), and intrusion prevention? Do all your security tools communicate with one another? Taking a small business computer security inventory should help you identify potential protection gaps.
Make a list of all your information assets and how they’re accessed. This helps determine how many layers of protection your small business computer security system needs. For example, which of your networked assets—such as customer data—is most critical to your company’s success? How much are those assets worth? Where do these assets reside and how are they accessed?
Consider the risks. When developing or strengthening any small business computer security solution, determine if the consequences of a security breach go beyond lost productivity or service interruptions. How much downtime can your business tolerate? What are the risks of noncompliance with government regulations?
Consider your company’s plans for growth. Any small business computer security solution should accommodate increased network traffic or advanced applications without disrupting service. Things to consider: Will your company be adding advanced features to your system? How adaptable and flexible should your system be?
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