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Many business owners fear computer data breaches, but they don’t know where to start protecting themselves from information-highway robbers. Some wonder why they should spend money on sophisticated security systems when hackers can get around them. But a business doesn’t have to spend a fortune to introduce basic IT security measures that can significantly reduce its vulnerability.
Know the enemy
Small-business owners assume hackers only seek big money from big businesses. But hackers like small ventures because most have minimal security. Hackers likewise prey on business travelers who use unprotected mobile phones and electronic devices to send sensitive information.
Hackers often extract information about a business through employees, making regular training about basic IT security practices essential. Hackers know companies have lots of software running on computers that are not patched and updated and are vulnerable to the malware or keystroke logging programs hackers use to steal account information. And weak passwords are easy for cyberthieves to break.
How to be more secure
A business owner should first identify what data or intellectual property is most important to protect based on the potential impact of its loss or corruption. To begin protecting it, he should:
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