Are you drowning in the constant media coverage of data breaches and security incidents? Most of the media news is focused on the breach and how it happened rather than what small businesses can do to protect themselves. Are you looking for some simple steps to take to make your business more secure?
You’re in luck! The Center for Internet Security (CIS) is an organization that has developed guidelines to help businesses be more secure. Their website is https://www.cisecurity.org/. They have many useful resources that can help you with things such as:
- Setting up and configuring Workstations, Servers, Network devices, etc
- Applying security settings to those devices
- Helping with implementation of a better security posture
The CIS Benchmarks are a good place to start. You can download individual Benchmarks for Windows, MAC, and Android. Each Benchmark document contains settings that you can change to make the devices more secure.
There are also other industry organizations that provide similar guidelines, such as the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), SANS Institute, and International Organization for Standardization (ISO). You may need to follow a specific guideline depending on your business/industry, or you may be free to choose one you like.
No matter which guidelines you decide to follow, it is important to regularly check to make sure your device settings are the same today as they were when you first set it up. A good recommendation is to perform these checks each quarter.
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