Let’s face it, we live in a world in which Security is on everybody’s mind.  Whether it be from a physical attack onto a building or a major password hack, we are always asking the question: “What can be done to prevent an attack”?

Well, the truth is, there is never a such thing as an environment which is 100% free from any kind of attack.  All one can do is to take all of the steps which are necessary in order to help mitigate an attack from happening.

So, what can be done?  There is one simple formula, and it is as follows:

Great Security = Technology + Human Vigilance

Let’s break this formula down into its own individual components, starting with Technology?  So, what is exactly technology?  Is it the Cloud, or Anti-Virus software?  Well, it is actually both of them and even more.  This is where the problem comes in.  There is so much that is out there, it is hard to pick and choose what you need for your business.  Probably the best way to get started is to take an inventory of your entire IT Infrastructure.

If you are a small business owner, then this can be a relatively easy task.  After all, you probably have a server of some sort, perhaps a few hard-wired workstations, your website, and wireless devices.  Jot these items down, and create a spreadsheet of what you already have in place in terms of security, what you think needs to be upgraded, and what you think you will need to better fortify the lines of defense at your business.

Then, the next step should be to get a second opinion from an expert to make sure that you are on the right track to get what you need.  Now, at first thought, this may seem to be an expensive proposition.  But the truth of the matter is, it does not have to be.  For example, check out your local Small Business Association…they probably know of Security professionals that can give you a free, initial consultation.

Or, if you are a member of your local Chamber of Commerce, you could probably connect with other members whom are Security professionals, and they could probably give you a discounted price as they review your inventory list and provide recommendations as to what kinds/types of Security technology that you will need.

It is important to keep in mind that you do not want to skimp out the Security Technologies that you are planning to implement for your business or corporation.  Yes, you are on a budget, but buying the cheapest tools that are out there, you are putting your enterprise at an even greater risk than had you not had done anything at all in the first place.

Our next blog will continue with the next component of our Security model:  Human Vigilance.