How To Increase Business Computer Security
Troubling headlines surrounding computer security abound. Articles
such as Internet Fraud
, Business Liability For
Computer Abuse Up
, Millions of Credit
Card Numbers Stolen
bring nothing but more concern.
Due to the
Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act and HIPAA
Regulations, theft of information from a business can lead to
hundreds of thousands of dollars in time, and 10 years in jail for the
business' senior management. In this case a victim, the business
whose computers were compromised, gets severely punished.
A lack of computer security can lead to the complete failure of a
business. Businesses can lose credibility, lose employee time, lose
their business records, or be sued out of business just because they
haven't taken adequate steps to protect their networks and data.
What Should A Business Do About Computer Security?
Every business needs to have its own network security plan.
Caution -- designing and implementing a business network
security plan needs to be done by professionals.
Quality, free anti-virus software can be found from Grisoft. Called AVG Anti-Virus it
can keep close tabs on your machine and all of your e-mail and
A quality, free firewall can be found from Zone Alarm. The free version is
easier to use than the paid-for version. This software can be
complicated for a novice user, but should be manageable for most
If you can, do avoid the temptation to try and implement security
yourself. Even Fortune-10 companies out-source security functions.
Hire a competent firm who can get your security online, keep it
running, and keep it up to date.