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posted in August 2007

Most Small Businesses Are Security Over-Confident

8/28/2007
That's what a new study says, anyway -- 80 percent of small to midsize businesses don't block (or, by implication, monitor) employee use of computers for file-sharing or use of USB devices, three-quarters allow unfettered Instant Messenging, nearly half don't even have spyware controls installed, and a staggering percentage don't regularly update what security software they do have. Yet most feel confident that their companies are protected.

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Talking Trash

8/27/2007
Shred up those papers and that trash! Or crooks can grab your business cash! And identities, trade secrets and anything else that's not micro-shredded or broken down into its component atoms.

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Weathering The Weather

8/24/2007
Watch the news coverage of the Midwest floods and the toll they've taken on families, homes and holdings, and you can't avoid hearing -- and often -- from flood victims who discovered that their insurance didn't cover flood or landslide/mudslide damage. It's no great leap to extend those personal stories to small and mid-size business stories. How covered are you when a natural disaster strikes your business?

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Facebook 'em, Danno!

8/21/2007
Did you hear the one about how Facebook is costing the Australian economy $5 billion a year? And that's just lost productivity -- not the security risks Facebook exposes companies to.

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Take That Thumb Drive Out Of Your...

8/16/2007
employees' hands. Not really, of course, the big-storage/small-bucks devices are just too convenient, too portable, too easy to use. All of which makes them too dangerous to use indiscriminately.

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Steal This Notebook

8/14/2007
I was sitting in a Chinese buffet restaurant the other day, dividing my attention between the potsickers on my plate and the activities of the businessman at a table across the room. We were the only two customers, although he was far from alone. Bluetooth-budded and Wi-Fi connected, he was carrying on conversations and speedtyping dat

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Heads Up!

8/13/2007
Turns out that one of the biggest computer vulnerabilities is all in your head. And your employees'.

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SMB -- Security Means Bucks

8/7/2007
How much is your business spending on information/computer/communications security? Odds are it's more than last year, maybe lots more, and not just because of inflation.

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Bridge To Security

8/3/2007
How many bridges, overpasses, tunnels do you and your employees drive over, under, through every day? That's been on my mind the last couple of days as the Minneapolis bridge collapse and its physical infrastructure implications for other bridges, overpasses, buildings and everything dominated the news.

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