Security strategies for SMBs

A successful security strategy is a vital tool for an SMB. Here are five tips on how to create and manage your security plan.

Formulating and executing a successful security strategy is undoubtedly a top priority for small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs). And the task isn't easy, thanks to threats like spam, botnets, phishing and denial-of-service attacks. Luckily, we've gathered here our top five tips on setting your SMB's security strategy.

1. Intrusion detection and prevention: More than a firewall
Firewalls alone are not enough to protect your business. Combined with intrusion detection systems, SMBs can be a lot less vulnerable to security breaches.
Read the full tip here

2. Open source security: Five best practices
While open source software is often more secure than its proprietary counterparts, it still needs to be hardened, patched and locked down before deployment in the enterprise. Here are five best practices for securing open source software at SMBs.
Read the full tip here

3. Laptop security best practices
Laptops can free employees to work remotely, allowing them to telecommute and travel easily. But that freedom comes with security perils.
Read the full tip here

4. IM security best practices for SMBs
Instant messaging offers SMBs many benefits, as long as their systems are secure.
Read the full tip here

5. Managed security services -- an SMB option
Managed services are more appealing to SMBs now that security compliance and regulations apply to them. Here are some guidelines on how to shop for a service provider that will help keep your IT organization secure.
Read the full tip here

This was first published in October 2007

Dig deeper on Security and risk management for Small Business

Pro+

Features

Enjoy the benefits of Pro+ membership, learn more and join.

0 comments

Oldest 

Forgot Password?

No problem! Submit your e-mail address below. We'll send you an email containing your password.

Your password has been sent to:

SearchCompliance

SearchHealthIT

SearchCloudComputing

SearchMobileComputing

SearchDataCenter

Close