Poor man’s Cyber Security

A lot of focus is put on the technology around cyber security.  Most business owners are in the mindset of “I must spend money on consultants and technology!  I must spend all the money to get all the security!!!”.  Turns out this is a normal fear reaction when people try to address complex problems that they know are important but don’t understand how to approach them.

This post is going to introduce you to a number of things you can do for free that will drastically reduce the impact of cyber crime on your business.  Following posts will provided deep dive explanations to these high level ideas.

  1. Change the way you log into things.

  2. Change the way you manage your patching.

  3. Change the way you back up your data.

Change the way you log into things:  This will cover the way you log into your desktop/laptop/tablet/phone/online applications.  There are a number of free configuration settings you can modify in order to reduce the ability of the bad guys breaking in or them being effective once they break in.

Change the way you manage patching: This will cover free and low cost solutions to make sure once a problem is fixed by the large companies you actually get that fix onto your devices.

Change the way you back up your data:  This will cover a number of services that can help you quickly recover from a loss of data.  This loss could be created by cyber criminals or just because technology breaks.

Adam Anderson

Adam Anderson is the author of Built to Survive: A Business Person's Guide on How to Recover and Thrive After a Cyber Attack. Adam’s 15 years of entrepreneurial startup experience and his knowledge Enterprise Cyber Defense gives him a window into what’s wrong with communication between large and small companies. He combined this knowledge and the good works from the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Cyber Security Framework to co-author the book “Small Business Cyber Security”. This book was later turned into an online class by Clemson University. Adam has been active in peer advisory boards for small business CEOs. He took this experience and co-founded a peer advisory board for Chief Security Officers of fortune 500 companies. This mix of small and large businesses has positioned Adam as one of the few people in the world to understand the complete supply chain of cyber security.
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