It’s coming to the end of Internet Safety month and while we are careful not to casually share personal information over the Internet; I want take this opportunity to remind small businesses about the importance of protecting your computer from viruses, spam, malware and other issues which could potentially disrupt your daily business operations.
While I suspect many small businesses still think their business is too small to be targeted – think again. Federal authorities have said cyber criminals are increasingly targeting small- and medium-sized businesses. Why? Because many of these small- and medium-sized businesses typically don’t have the resources or neglect to update their computers’ security.
Many of these cyber criminals steal whatever they can get their hands on -- most in demand are credit card numbers, personal information, and social security numbers. While it’s a no-brainer for a small business owner to secure a store or business office with locks, alarms and perhaps even video surveillance – some still neglect to secure their computer.
There are many Internet security solutions in the marketplace and Verizon offers a simple- to-install and affordable solution to help protect your computer. Here at Verizon we offer the Verizon Internet Security Suite (VISS) for small businesses. There’s no hardware, the software is downloaded straight from your computer and it updates frequently. VISS helps guard against known computer viruses, detects and eliminates a broad range of spyware, and provides a host of other features. Verizon’s VISS for small businesses is very affordable starting at $5.99 per month and covers three computers (PC or Macintosh). Of course, I’d advise that a small business get the Data Protection Premium solution which includes VISS, Verizon Online Backup and Sharing (every business should have their data backed up in case their computer crashes), Verizon Encrypted Mail and Encrypted Docs (starts at $9.99 per month).
Businesses regardless of their size handle sensitive information all the time and with strict HIPPA and Sarbanes-Oxley guidelines encrypting the emails you sent or the documents you craft would help ensure that only the intended recipient have access to these information.
No matter how you choose to protect your computer, Verizon’s in-house security expert said, “An organization needs to address their IT security throughout their company at every layer. While cost cutting is what every company – particularly, the smaller ones – strives for these days, it’s important to not cut security. It’s a surefire way to kill a business. We can work with small businesses to help them make the most of their existing and limited resources to secure their information assets and to help protect their business.”
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