Learn Fundamentals of SMB Information Security

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Even though smaller and medium-sized businesses often don't have the resources to put robust info security plans and technologies in place, these smaller organizations contribute too much to our nation's economy to leave their networks, systems and information at risk.


Given how many businesses in the U.S. are classified as SMBs (over 95 percent), how much of the nation's GNP they produce (around 50 percent) and how many new jobs they create (around 50 percent), SMBs must address the security risks presented by hackers and cyber criminals, according to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Since larger businesses generally have more people, better technology and larger budgets with which to combat potential threats, attackers are increasingly focusing on SMBs.


The NIST uploaded the Fundamentals of Small Business Information Security document to help small business management implement practices that protect computers, networks and information. Among their critical recommendations for protecting these resources are to:

  • Install, use and update anti-virus and anti-spyware software.
  • Install and activate firewall software and hardware.
  • Patch operating systems and applications regularly.


Download this document to read the rest of the NIST recommendations and keep your SMB protected.


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