Business Security

By Robert P. Lipschutz  |  Posted 2004-06-22 Print this article Print

Businesses large and small must be active about security, and intelligent shopping now can save you from heavy losses in the future.

When youre running a business, security breaches hurt in many ways. On an emotional level, you feel sick that you and your company have been violated. On a business level, you have to cope with material damage, stolen proprietary information, denial of service, and lost productivity.

Implementing a security strategy can be daunting for small and medium-size businesses (SMBs). You need cost-effective solutions, yet you must choose products in the no-mans-land between personal security offerings, like desktop firewalls and antivirus software, and high-end enterprise solutions, like identity management and expensive intrusion detection systems.

You might be tempted to think that SMBs are less likely targets for directed attacks, but hackers and viruses do not discriminate. Run a threat assessment software program on your network and youll probably find several vulnerabilities. But with the right products, smart policy planning, and perhaps some outside expertise, your business can protect itself without breaking the bank.

The advice we offer here will help you make the right purchases for your company.

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Rob Lipschutz is PC Magazine's Lead Analyst for Business and Networking. He is responsible for our coverage of networking, and of services and software targeted at the unique needs of smaller businesses. As former Technical Director, Networking for PC Magazine, he just can't get these products out of his blood. Rob has written three books and numerous articles on networking and Internet products and technologies. His continuing quest is to find those products that truly help to improve, even revolutionize, the way your business works without imposing the complexity and high-costs sometimes found in products targeted at larger enterprises.

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