SMB Security Is About More Than Hardware

ITBusinessEdge: SMB Security Is About More Than Hardware

Paul Mah was struck by the statistic that social engineering hacker scams almost always work – suggesting that training SMB employees about security is vital.

“I sat through a couple of sessions in the Singapore leg of the Hacker Halted 2010 conference yesterday, which was an eye-opener for me. While my mind is still abuzz with the repercussions of what I learned, there are a few points that I find especially pertinent to SMBs.

Security is More Than Hardware

If it’s not obvious yet, security is much more than a couple of security appliances or intrusion-prevention devices. In a panel discussion consisting of security experts Ralph Echemendia, Tim Pierson and Jayson E. Street, it was clear from their collective experiences that while attempts at network penetration tests succeed “like 60 to 80 percent” of the time, social engineering attacks have a success rate of 100 percent.”

Small Business Computing Staff
Small Business Computing Staff
Small Business Computing addresses the technology needs of small businesses, which are defined as businesses with fewer than 500 employees and/or less than $7 million in annual sales.

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