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Security strategies for SMBs

Formulating and executing a successful security strategy is undoubtedly a top priority for small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs). And the task isn't easy, thanks to threats like spam, botnets, phishing and denial-of-service attacks. Luckily, we've gathered here our top five tips on setting your SMB's security strategy.

1. Intrusion detection and prevention: More than a firewall
Firewalls alone are not enough to protect your business. Combined with intrusion detection systems, SMBs can be a lot less vulnerable to security breaches.
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2. Open source security: Five best practices
While open source software is often more secure than its proprietary counterparts, it still needs to be hardened, patched and locked down before deployment in the enterprise. Here are five best practices for securing open source software at SMBs.
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3. Laptop security best practices
Laptops can free employees to work remotely, allowing them to telecommute and travel easily. But that freedom comes with security perils.
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4. IM security best practices for SMBs
Instant messaging offers SMBs many benefits, as long as their systems are secure.
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5. Managed security services -- an SMB option
Managed services are more appealing to SMBs now that security compliance and regulations apply to them. Here are some guidelines on how to shop for a service provider that will help keep your IT organization secure.
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