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|What does information security mean? To many people it means "making sure confidential information stays confidential", but in IT we often include "ensure your systems are secure against something that may disrupt the business". So a fault that allows someone (either by accident or by malice) to stop your systems from working but doesn't reveal confidential information may still be considered a security issue.
Some of the ideas here may require a small business to seek outside help. None of them, however, should be particularly expensive to follow.
1. Prioritise the issues you face
While it's natural to worry about viruses and outside hacks (and you should certainly be running anti-virus software), that may not be the biggest issue you face. What about the person who you had to sack last month for misconduct? What about the person you know was upset about their pay rise this year? What about the temp who's absolutely great at what s/he does but has a tendency to accidentally delete the wrong file? All these people can cause your business issues, and all of them have a far greater opportunity to do so.
The best thing you can do here is to look at how your systems are set up and put together simple, easy-to-follow processes to ensure that the access people have - and therefore the damage they can do - is limited. For current members of staff, ensure that they're only given what access they need to do their job, and for people leaving the company ensure that whatever the circumstances, they return any equipment they have been issued with and all their access to IT systems is revoked.
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If you've got more than a few PCs, it's worth setting them up so they all get their updates at a convenient time and ensure that nobody can disable it. If you've got a domain, you can do this centrally so you don't need to visit each PC in turn.
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