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SMB IT Security

October 2014
Dave Thomas Dave Thomas has been providing sound IT consulting advice to SMBs for over 20 years. He is a certified Microsoft engineer and is dedicated to helping these same businesses weather the current storms with IT systems and data security

Dave Thomas has been providing sound IT consulting advice to SMBs for over 20 years. He is a certified Microsoft engineer and is dedicated to helping these same businesses weather the current storms with IT systems and data security.

Q: Hackers are not looking for my small business.
A: FALSE. On the Internet, your computer systems are just a number (IP addresses) and Internet “bad guys” are not just sophisticated hackers. Anyone can easily download a set of hacker tools from any number of easy-to-find websites. They then scan a range of IP addresses for open “windows” in your network called ports. Any vulnerability can be used as a gateway into your network. Even if you only have a few hundred stored credit card numbers, that list can be aggregated into a larger bundle and sold.

Q. As long as my company is putting in some effort toward IT security I should be OK, right?
A: FALSE. While having free anti-virus software is better than nothing, a comprehensive professional approach will help ensure that you avert disaster, including these steps:
1. Business-class firewall with a support contract that allows for frequent security updates.
2. Subscription-based anti-virus/anti-malware software suite. Free is never better with IT security.
3. A multi-layered approach to data backups including at least one encrypted off-site backup.
4. A well thought-out security policy that includes strategies for system security updates, frequent complex password changes and an Internet usage policy for your employees.
5. Internet website content filtering that will ensure that your employees avoid unwanted problems.

Q. Then having an IT security assessment and continued monitoring is a good idea?
A. TRUE.

Kenneally Technology Services
410-321-9558
www.jlktech.com

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