CyberSecurity & Small Business Part 1

Protecting Your Small Business
Small Business & Cyber Security

In this day and age of security failures of big business and the ability of hackers to break in and steal data as in the case of Sony and North Korea I must stress that small business must take a more active roll in securing their data.  I have been in the IT field for the past 20 years time and time again we hear about big business being hacked.  Although big business has a target on their back I must say that since small business is the backbone of the American Economy how much more should small business protect their data.  For example, lets look at a small retail business that does about 200k a year selling jewelry & clothing.  I know that may times the owner of the business rely on the credit card companies to secure the credit cards of their patrons when they swipe their card.  The small business owner also relies on the integrity of their employees and the built in security of their Off the Shelf software.  This is about the amount of security that the small business has to protect themselves.  Its of utmost importance that small business up their game in regards to how and where they keep their data.  Although small business may not have the budget for a cutting edge network there are measures that are more than reasonable that will allow small business owners to protect not only their business but the privacy of their clients. In this article I am going to name three things that small business must do to have the minimum security to be more secure in a stand alone environment which means all their computers are not connected via a domain.

  1. Ensure that the internet service provider they are using has firewall security on their modem and that small business wireless access points are also password protected.  I have seen in my time that not only was their wi-fi network not password protected and open for anyone to logon to but their anti virus was not up to date which leads me to number 2.
  2. Ensure that all your computers are up to date on Anti-Virus and Anti Malware software.  Small businesses really need to understand that both of these services are needed to protect  their systems.  Many times although you have anti-virus software their are many sites that install software without you knowing that monitors your buying habits or has popups getting you to purchase certain items.  These are all the result of malicious software being installed on your computer.
  3. Ensure that your critical data is being backed up daily, weekly, and monthly.  This will ensure that if you have a critical system failure you will be able to access your data once that computer is repaired or replace.  I have seen time and time again where the small business owner says I know I should have backed up the system I just did not have time to get around to it.  My question back to them,”Is how much is this going to cost you?”  After all time is money.

These are just three of the baseline foundational security measure that should be done to get a grip on the security of your data. Over the next several weeks I will be focusing on the steps that small business can do to secure their data, the business, and the privacy of their Clients.  I will end with this statement to get you to think.  Since small business is the backbone of the American Economy what information do you have that a terrorist can you to wreak havoc with?


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"Imagine it. Try it. Prove it. Do it!" The only thing holding you back is YOU!!! Mark Alexander is Founder and President of EC&B Solutions Inc., a consulting firm that provides Information Technology services to corporations and Federal Government Agencies. EC&B Solutions Inc. is a certified minority, disabled veteran owned corporation that has been established since September 2006. Beginning as a Systems Administrator with the US Air Force Mr. Alexander has served his country in such operations as Joint Task Force / Southwest Asia and South Korea. Mr Alexander has been an innovative team member for other prestigious organizations such as El Paso Corporation serving as a Database Administrator, Dixie Chemical Company serving as the Lead Systems Administrator and Desktop Support Manager, National Aeronautical Space Administration (NASA), TransOcean Drilling Company providing IT & Electronic Support for Deepwater Drilling Operations. While at NASA Mr. Alexander was involved with the Systems Infrastructure project for the mission to Mars. Mr. Alexander has served on the Board of the Bates Clinic, A Social Services Non-Profit Organization located in Missouri City Texas providing services to young single mothers. Currently, Mr. Alexander is working as a consultant with the Houston Area Urban League as their Job Developer for the Urban Youth Empowerment Program as well as the Urban League’s Webmaster and Social Media Guru. Mr. Alexander was instrumental in providing IT Services to such organizations as Department of Homeland Security, Department of Air Force, Department of Army, and the Justice Department. Mr. Alexander is also the author of his first booked named Be Sober, Be Vigilant: Battle Tested Principals to Building the Foundation Of Your Dreams. It is Mr. Alexander’s goal to become a global leader in Information Technology touching all seven continents.

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