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Computer Vulnerabilities

Computer Vulnerabilities
by
David Schlecht

How many computers do you have at your company? One? Less than 10? Hundreds?

It is very important for you to realize that any one of them could expose your entire company and all your customers to attack.

Do you think your company and your customers are safe if you just keep your anti-virus protection software up to date?

Think again!

Although it’s obviously important to keep your virus software up to date, this can give a company a false sense of security. This small step is not enough to keep your goods out of the hands of the bad guys.

There are a few other things that you have to address, and failing to deal with them can mean disaster.

  • Having up to date virus software does nothing if your computer is already compromised. And how will you even know if some or all of your computers are compromised? In fact, most viruses disable the anti-virus software immediately when they infect the machine. What good is being up to date when the software is disabled?
  • Are you paying big money for insufficient virus protection? Don’t think that just having anti-virus software running means you’re protected. Furthermore, how do you know your employees haven’t accidentally disabled part or all of the virus protection?
  • What sort of policy do you have in place to ensure that the computers are actually secure and what kind of policy do you have in place to ensure that things remain secure? Great anti-virus software won’t protect you from human error. In fact, it’s human error that causes almost all the virus infections.
  • Are your people properly trained to understand the channels of attack and how to avoid them? The attack vectors change regularly. Are your people kept up to date on how to deal with the threats?

Security audits and employee security training are just as important as having good anti-virus software. It’s a lot less expensive to keep your people trained than it is to fix an embarrassing and possibly crippling security breach.

Give us a call. We can help you decide what works best for your company. One size does not fit all when it comes to computer security.

More MS Word Exploits

There is news of yet more Microsoft Word zero-day exploits out in the wild. MS has decided that an emergency bug fix is not necessary.

The exploit is vectored through email so it could become a serious problem. Be sure that your Windows computers are up to date on all you updates.