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Secure Your Workplace with New Technology

By Paul Fitzgerald for America's Backbone Weekly

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Privacy and security are fundamental for any business. Online data and physical infrastructure are potential targets of malicious attacks such as hacking, break-ins and vandalism. If you're a business leader, you owe it to yourself to have the best security tools available. As technology evolves, there are more and more options to choose from. Here are some of the products you may want to consider adopting for your business.

Online data

As the Internet takes an increasingly prominent role in the business world, small businesses assume the risks of accidental data loss, privacy violations and hacking attacks. Accidental data loss can occur if you or your staff misplace a mobile device that provides access to company data. Anyone who finds it could potentially get access. Hacking attacks involve deliberate attempts from third parties to break into your computer systems, either by exploiting back-end security vulnerabilities or by sending malicious programs to your email. Fortunately, there are a number of solutions out there that can help keep your data safe and sound.

Third party virus software is essential for protecting onsite or remote PCs. The best programs of today, such as McAffee, AVG, Avast, and Bitdefender can help block incoming attacks and can be used to scan programs and files (including emails) for potential threats. They come in a range of prices, too. AVG and Avast have free versions that are highly rated. For greater security you can pay for third party software like Bitdefender. Their GravityZone Business Security package starts at around $200 a year for three devices.

For mobile devices you should consider Mobile Device Management products (MDM) like MaaS360 from IBM. For $3 to $9.75 per month/per device (depending on the package) you can have peace of mind about using Smartphones and Tablets for business. MaaS360 works on most popular mobile devices by enforcing certain security rules, like making sure devices are locked down when not in use, and that they require strong passwords to activate.


If your business is in the cloud, you might secure the services of a data encryption service. CipherCloud from San Jose offers various security platforms (prices are negotiated with the vendor) that encrypt all data before it is sent to cloud servers. Only authorized key holders can decrypt the data, and as the keys are never shared with the cloud host, you get to control access.

Physical Infrastructure

Whether you have a retail store, an office, or are a construction contractor, your physical infrastructure is important to you. Alarms have always been popular for securing small businesses, but today's alarms have additional technological features. There are dozens of products on the market, but most of them now include the ability to monitor the alarm from a home computer or mobile device. FrontPoint's alarm solutions, for example, include motion and glass break sensors with options for smoke sensors and carbon monoxide detection. Prices can be negotiated with the vendor.

You might also want to set up some cameras around your business. The Belkin Netcam Wi-Fi Camera with night vision is an ideal solution. Retailing for around $70-$100 apiece, the Belkin Netcam provides clear viewing in low light conditions. Its Wi-Fi connectivity enables you to monitor your business in real time from a computer or mobile device. Its very presence can act as a deterrent, and its clear image quality gives you the ability to detect any aberrations.

Protecting your business

While it's nice to think it could never happen to you, the truth is there's no guarantee that your business won't be the target of a criminal attack. Strong security measures can prevent data loss where your online presence is concerned, as well as stopping theft or damage to your physical infrastructure. Even if you already have security measures in place, it's a good idea to make sure they're current and that they're capable of dealing with today's threats.


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