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Sensible IT Security for Small Businesses

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Submitted by Kenny Lumadue on Monday, April 22, 2013

One question we often hear goes something like this:

“Why do I need to a more comprehensive security solution for my business PCs? I run a free anti-virus program on my home PC, and I’ve never had an infection.”

For starters, if you’ve never had an infection, consider yourself lucky. But “luck” is not a security model.

Consider what you’re risking:

  • Free anti-virus programs only address one aspect of computer security. They do not effectively manage your firewall, filter spam, or alert you to a suspicious website you might be trying to access.
     
  • What’s on your business computers and network? Sensitive correspondence? Financial records? Customer credit card numbers—the dissemination of which might be traced back to you? Do you really want to rely on one free program to protect all these assets?
     
  • Let’s say a virus wiped clean every hard drive in your office. How long and at what cost would it take you to restore the missing data? Or would you be able to restore it at all?

Obviously, these are worst-case scenarios, but unfortunately, they’re not unheard of. Click here to learn more about the costs associated with the unscheduled downtime of your businesses critical network components and the direct correlation to lost profits. Or see this article for a litany of sorrows that can befall a compromised PC.

There is no out-of-the-box, one product solution. There are other security related components to consider if you want to ensure that your network is properly protected rather than just relying upon  a free anti-virus application. Free anti-virus applications also limit your ability to manage multiple workstations in an efficient manner, while a professional version of antivirus can provide that functionality in a single control panel, and additional features such as sending email alerts to notify IT staff if a computer gets infected. This allows for a quicker response in order to stop the threat before it spreads to other computers on the network.
 
The good news is that a robust security solution doesn’t have to be expensive. There’s a wide range of options from which to choose depending on your needs, your budget, and your plans for future growth. Contact your local CMIT Solutions office for details and more information.

Don’t wait for a security breach to find out how much a free anti-virus program really costs.

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