Tech Tip: Start With the Basics


You’ve heard the advice countless times before: you must have antivirus software and a strong firewall. However, in this day and age, there is more to the security “basics” than a solid firewall.

What about the employee who inadvertently clicks on an email on her phone from a foreign ambassador trying to move money to the U.S.? She sees it’s a scam, but it’s too late … her phone is infected and now sending a copy of every outgoing email to a Russian crime network.

Have you trained your employees? Don’t open an Excel attachment called “Invoice” from someone you don’t know. (Trust me, they’ll call you if you owe them money.) A single crack in your armor can open the door for network attacks.

Get serious about locking down your devices, filtering email and teaching your users how not to lose last year’s P&L to a crime ring because they were trying to help a Nigerian prince.

Alan Edwards, CISM, is chief information officer at Computerware, Inc., in Vienna, Virginia.

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