MessageLabs security guidance for small firms

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MessageLabs, part of the Symantec information security organisation, has launched a whitepaper series to set out the priorities for smaller businesses.

IT security checklist

Back-ups
Anti-spam
Anti-virus
Firewalls
Access controls
Outbound data logging
Patching
Scans
Security culture
Acceptable use policy

Smaller organisations don’t have the resources to implement the full pantheon of security measures and often find it hard to know where to draw the line. Part 1 of MessageLabs Security Essentials suggests a minimum baseline for security controls that all organisations should apply offers advice on how to build from there to match IT security to the business’s needs.

“Managing security risk is about drawing the line in a sensible place,” writes security risk consultant John Leach. “It is about doing enough not to leave the organisation wide open, but not so much that money and effort is being spent on things that give only a small return.”

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