Quick Tips to Bolster Security in Your Organization

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If you still have desktops that run Windows XP in your SMB, it is high time to plan for its retirement. The reason is simple: Windows XP will exit all support when it receives its final security update come April 8, 2014.

That’s less than 18 months from now, which isn’t a lot of time for figuring out how to replace those cryptic in-house applications that will only run on Windows XP and for which the original source code has long been lost. Even if that’s not the case, you should consider permanently switching it off, too, due to its poor security features compared to Windows 7 and Windows 8.

Small businesses often find themselves in the unenviable position of not having IT employees who are trained in security matters. This puts them in a vulnerable position to hackers, who may exploit weaknesses that would have been immediately obvious to someone in the know.

Recently, Paul Mah highlighted some recurrent mistakes that he sees being made by SMBs. If they apply to your organization, acting on his recommendations should serve to bolster the overall security of your organization.

 

Related Topics : Master Data Management, Mobile Device Security, Remote Access, VPN, Workforce

 
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