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Dal Gemmell | 11 Oct 2011 | 0 comments

It’s fairly easy for SMBs to tune out the seemingly daily headlines of massive data breaches—many SMBs simply think that a data breach is not a small business problem. But, it’s not just large corporations on the receiving end of targeted attacks aimed at stealing valuable business information; SMBs are the unfortunate victims of their fair share of data breaches too. And it’s costing them to the tune of $214 per lost record.

If even the big guys are falling victim, what’s an SMB, with limited budgets and fewer IT resources, to do to protect against such costly attacks? SMBs, it’s time for action. As the age-old sports mantra goes, ‘the best defense is a good offense.’ And, National Cyber Security Awareness month is the time to make sure your offensive line is in shape.

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Blake M | 07 Oct 2010 | 0 comments

Is freeware really free?  That is the question small businesses should be asking when it comes to protecting their customer and other proprietary information, such as bank and credit card account details.

Small businesses are looking for the best deal in security software due to tight budgets.  We’re all looking for ways to do more with less.  However, how does a small business owner explain to a customer that their personal data was breached due to the fact that the “free” security solution that the business installed didn’t protect them against the latest threat?

The best analogy I have heard in the “to use or not to use freeware” debate is from Symantec’s Janice Chaffin.  Chaffin recently said, “Free AV is very basic.  It's like wearing a light windbreaker in...

Blake M | 01 Oct 2010 | 0 comments

The fast growth and increased popularity of social media sites has impacted the lives of just about every Internet user – and just about every business that has an online presence.  Networks like Facebook, Twitter and the blogosphere reach millions of people every day, making them a valuable tool for organizations all over the world.  But the question is: Are these sites helpful to small businesses?  If so, how has social media assisted you in connecting with customers and even your company’s own employees?  And if not, are there tools your competitors are using that you should consider?  How do you ensure that you are using proper security measures to protect against social network-related threats?

Think back 10 or 15 years.  How has communication changed for you in the workplace?  Would you ever have thought that you’d use your mobile phone to edit documents or send e-mails?  What about social networking?

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