Practical advice for keeping your technology as secure as possible

There’s no doubt that technology is fundamentally altering the way we work. From real estate to investment banking to medical records, being able to work effectively from any location with an Internet connection is changing almost everything about business.

This newfound mobility has given small and medium companies a new level of agility thanks to flexibility that would have been inconceivable just a few years ago.

It’s also, of course, presented a few new challenges, and one of them is security. I know most of us are more inclined to get excited about brainstorming new products and services, or to figure out a truly innovative way to leverage social media, or to acquire a new perspective by really listening to a customer.

Most of us find almost all aspects of business more interesting than security, because frankly, we take it for granted and assume that what we have in place is enough. That is, until you get hacked. And then security quickly rockets to the top of the “interesting” list.

That’s why this article about protecting remote employees against security threats is a great reminder for anyone running a small business.

Even companies that are security conscious and security savvy tend to focus their attention on the entrance to their network, or the gateway. While that’s important, each technology device in your network constitutes a mini gateway and should be treated accordingly. If not, activities like Web surfing or carelessly connecting to wireless networks can expose not just the devices you or your employees use, but the entire network.

Finally, keep in mind that gateway security technologies do not provide protection for a computer that is not connected to the network. One of the easiest ways to address potential breaches is to make sure that notebooks are current on all software updates. Secondly, check to see if the security solution you’re using includes location-awareness functionality. Those that do will automatically increase the level of security for computers that are away from the internal network.

Security is important. At the same time, it’s not rocket science. If you want to learn more, HP offers a number of security-focused resources for small and medium businesses. Best of all, once you’re firmly in proactive mode when it comes to protecting computers throughout your network, you’ll be amazed at how much energy and enthusiasm you have left for other, more interesting aspects of your business.

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Matthew Stibbe is writer-in-chief at Articulate Marketing. He is also an avid blogger, closet geek and HP fanatic.