No one set of rules can protect every business, but thoughtful owners
and managers take steps like these:
1. Close security gaps: Laptops travel, and contractors and visitors connect
to your network. Protect network endpoints, not just perimeters.
2. Integrate defenses: Combine antivirus, firewall, intrusion detection, and
vulnerability management at endpoints, and add encryption if they travel.
3. Patch software: Threats evolve, so close vulnerabilities quickly by applying
updates from Microsoft® and other software providers.
4. Update virus definitions: keep your virus definitions up to date so your
antivirus software recognizes new threats.
5. Alert employees: Warn them about attachments and links in unexpected
email, and in software downloads before they are scanned for viruses.
6. Don’t invite trouble: File-sharing services and websites may install malicious
code automatically. Stop them with training, policies, and software.
7. Strengthen passwords: Require passwords that mix letters and numbers—
never names or dictionary words—and change them often.
8. Schedule backups: Implement and enforce backup schedules for your servers,
desktops, and laptops—and automate as much as you can.
9. Back up complete systems, too: A “down” server means lost business, so back up
the operating system, applications, configurations, and settings, not just files.
10. Keep off-site backups: Make sure files and systems can survive fire, flood,
vandalism, sabotage, loss of your facility, or even a regional disaster.
11. Test backups: Don’t wait until recovery to discover a resource, process, or
technical shortcoming—test the entire cycle.
12. Get help: Call Business Remedy 832-261-4113 or toll-free at 1-855-765-4444 to make sure these rules are held while you run your business. We are also available via our website BusinessRemedy.net and email info@BusinessRemedy.net