Do you want to learn more about security? The government is working hard to help out. IT practitioners can turn to the National Institutes of Standards and Technologies Special Publications on computer security.  Sometimes called the “800 series“, these documents cover topics such as best practices in doing security assessments, security in virtual environments and suggestions for securing cloud environment.

Learn more about security locally by attending North Texas InfraGard events. Founded as an alliance between the FBI, security community and organizations like the yours, quarterly meetings help attendees understand the rapidly evolving threats using our technology.

If you plan on focusing most of your efforts on securing your systems, consider that for every server, there 5-50 end users on PCs, laptops, and tablets that need your help understanding how to help protect the network. Start a security awareness campaign using content from the Department of Homeland Security’s STOP.THINK.CONNECT program.  Download free posters or access training videos to help.

 

Some security resources we find helpful:

OCTOBER is National Cyber Security Awareness Month, an opportunity to engage EVERYONE in building a safer cyber community.  Find out how you can take part in efforts to help strengthen your online community at The Department of Homeland Security.

 

2012 DATA BREACH INVESTIGATIONS REPORT

http://www.verizonbusiness.com/resources/reports/rp_data-breach-investigations-report-2012_en_xg.pdf

 

Get your technology aligned with business goals- Explanation of technology alignment

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Technology_alignment

 

HIPAA Violations hitting smaller practices- $100,000 settlement agreed upon with small physician practice

http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2012pres/04/20120417a.html

 

ITIL and Service Management practices- You don’t have to be large to benefit from checklists and standardization

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Information_Technology_Infrastructure_Library

 

Security guide for cyber defense- Top 20 critical security controls

http://www.sans.org/critical-security-controls/

 

Security Awareness for small business- Free resources for computer security in a small business

http://www.thinksecurityfirst.us/

 

With Texas weather, you want to be prepared for the worst- Tips for protecting your small business from an outage

http://www.ready.gov/business/implementation/continuity