Why Your Business Requires Security

The States and Federal Identity Theft and Privacy Protection Laws now require businesses, agencies and organizations of all sizes to protect all personal information they store, and report to all their customers whenever a breach occurs. The financial ramifications after having a data breach can be very substantial to both present and future business. In some many cases a company never does recover from a breach and is forced to close down. Currently, the average cost on a company is $3.7M per incident.

Archive for Computer & Network Security

Apr
08

Cyber Attacks on the Grid

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Here is a recent article on the threat of cyberspies and cyberterrorism. While the news like to publish these big articles, smaller businesses are just as much at risk. While anti-virus programs are needed, some attackers are breaking in due to weak passwords and poor password management by employees. That is why the government in many security directives is strongly suggesting two-factor authentication. Look into adding a smartcard based password manager as another tool to protect your networks.

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Mar
21

FTC – A Business Guide to Protecting Data

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The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) offers many training documents to help businesses understand how to protect themselves from identity theft and data breaches. Since they are also the main government arm that fines businesses after a data breach, it is great that they also helping to avoid their wrath.

Recently they produced an online video chocked full of basic information that hits on many of the same topics we at IDProtectionExpert.com discuss. Click the link below to view their training video and then come back and listen to what our different experts have to say on specific areas.

FTC – Protection Personal Information: A Business Guide

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Feb
14

Remote Network Access vs. Remote PC Access

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Yes, there is a difference between Remote Network Access (RNA) and Remote PC Access (RPCA). RNA is designed for businesses that require their employees to security access the company’s entire network while taking advantage of the security that IT has incorporated. RPCA allows a remote user to use one computer to connected to another computer which in-turn may connect to the the company’s network. The security risk is how secure the network connecting computer and if the latest anti-virus software is up-to-date. RPCA can also be in violation to the privacy protection laws because it puts security in the hands of the employee and not the IT expert.

With RNA, IT has full control of the security and any connecting computer will have to go through the network’s protections like complex logon ID’s, anti-virus, anti-malware and other security software. RNA also saves money in that the connecting PC is not left running 24 hours waiting for a connection.

RPCA are good for the home and very small office, but if you are a business that needs to protect customer’s confidential files then give serious consideration to a RNA solution.

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Feb
07

Reg Flags are Coming! Red Flags are Coming!

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Enforcement of the “Red Flag Rules” starts May, 1st 2009. The Red Flag Rules specifies that “financial institutions and creditors” protect an individual’s personal information from identity theft by raising a “red flag”. The companies must establish policies and procedures to recognize, detect, and respond to an identity theft attack. However, the scope of who has to comply may be larger than originally thought. Read More→

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Jan
29

IP Theft is on the Rise

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Much has been made on the cost of identity theft on companies, and rightfully so. But what are the costs on a company if their intellectual property (IP) is stolen. In a study performed by Purdue’s Krannert School of Management (funded by McAfee, security software firm) in 2008 the lost or stolen intellectual property cost about $4.6 million per company.

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