Security Issues

When was the last time you updated the operating system on your computer? What about the main software applications you use? The SANS (System Administration, Networking and Security) Institute’s list of the top 20 most critical Internet Vulnerabilities is topped by “standard” installations – the kind where you let the software make all the choices for you. Many of the choices made for you can leave your computer or network open to attack.
The second biggest vulnerability? Weak passwords. Birthdays, your dog’s name, your license plate number. All of these may be easy for you to remember but they’re also easy for others to guess or find out. Taping your password to your monitor or leaving it in your top desk drawer are not good security techniques either. If you have employees accessing the network or computer system, it is important to require good passwords (at least 6 or 8 characters and at least 2 numbers or non-letter characters) and to require that passwords be changed on a regular basis (e.g. every three months).
Lack of a good backup procedure is third on the list. While it might not seem like an internet vulnerability at first, see what happens when a hacker manages to break into your system and destroy your data or when a virus erases your company database. If you don’t have a procedure for backing up (and for restoring) that data, you could really be in trouble.
To view the whole list visit the SANS Institute web site at If you find your computer or network are at risk, call (303 421-2223) or email ( us for assistance.
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