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Business Protection  

 

McAfee recognizes that small and medium business owners do not always have the resources they need to avoid cybercrime. We’ve provided resources you can use for immediate action against a crime, as well as preventative measures to help protect your employees and your business.

Protect Your Business
Protect Your Data
Network Securely
Secure Your Devices
Use the Cloud Securely
Surf and Transact Securely
Additional Resources
 

Protect Your Business:

The following topics are of particular concern to businesses and are provided to enable you to implement the appropriate protection for your data, network, and devices.
 

Data Protection

Data is everywhere. Knowing what data you have — customer data, intellectual property, employee data, and other types of vital information — is critical to classifying it and knowing how to protect it. Be aware of where your data is stored (servers, tablets, and cell phones), and how it is shared (instant messaging, email, email attachments, blog postings by employees, and other means). From this information, you can develop ongoing awareness programs to help employees understand the threats to your information, the potential impact of these threats on your business, and how to appropriately secure the data regardless of which application or device you and your employees are using. Below are some tips for safeguarding your business data:

 
Network Securely
With the growing popularity of social networking, cybercriminals may use these tools to target your employees for information about your company or agency. Inform your employees that criminals impersonate former employees, colleagues, and others — a form of social engineering — to connect with the employee and begin eliciting information, or provide malicious links that can install data-exfiltration malware. Caution your employees to be wary of all unexpected content, including questions, solicitations, hyperlinks, and applications. Be alert, adhere to McAfee best practices, and follow the links listed below to help your employees update their privacy settings to appropriate levels.
  • Visit McAfee’s tips and resources for Social Networking.
  • Determine the best use of Web 2.0 applications, such as social networking sites, for your particular business environment.
  • Balance the use of such Web 2.0 tools with effective and ongoing employee "best practices" training for those using such applications.
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Secure Your Devices

To secure your business, you must understand the many devices that can connect to your network and carry your data, and then ensure that each is protected from threats. An unprotected device can be a vector into your network or an avenue to steal your data. Follow our tips to secure your devices and seek professional assistance if you need more sophisticated help to manage mobile and other devices on your network.

   

Use the Cloud Securely

Given the cost efficiency and resource savings of cloud computing, it is reasonable that companies want to take advantage of cloud services. If you plan to outsource cloud services, you must conduct the appropriate due diligence with your prospective providers to fully understand and mitigate potential risks. While no service fits all businesses, the Cloud Security Alliance has developed an assessment checklist that all businesses can use to evaluate a potential cloud-based service. A very helpful starting point, it covers everything from the provider’s audit procedures to handling of intellectual property and physical security.

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Surf and Transact Securely
The web is an incredibly useful business tool, but it’s important to be aware of risks and how to protect against them. Our consumer tips will help any small and medium business that wants to fully leverage the web while protecting their assets.

 

Additional Resources for Small and Medium Businesses

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