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Key Idea: Stand on the Four Foundations for Security

Everybody makes their final comments in this wrap-up of this episode.  Ultimately it all rests on people like Glen Bieley of Madison Park Greeting Cards, someone in the business who understands that effective security is key to a successful and healthy business.

Think about it

Do you have Chief Security Officer? If not, you're it. Now, you can tag someone else, but get the job done and get on the front lines with some of the folks that you have met in this episode of the show!

Clip from: Protect Your Priceless Data - Understand Security

Meet Art Wong of Symantec, data security guru

Silicon Valley, Seattle, San Diego:  One of the biggest problems in small business today is that we under-estimate the value of our data and we have trouble believing anything can happen to those computers - until it does. And, it will. Issues that face each of us range from viruses to automated internet attacks to outright theft and natural disasters. The cost of these issues in lost information and lost time sometimes is the business itself. Most of us know we need to take a few steps to secure our data but simply do not know where to start.  This episode of the show is our 1-2-3. Please, have somebody in your business become an expert. If you are a sole proprietor, you'll just have to do it!

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Stand on the Four Foundations for Security

DAVID: I would say that the future of Internet security rests on four legs:

First, the operating systems and applications we use have to be more secure. I can tell you that the people at Microsoft, the people that make operating systems are paying a lot of attention to this. This is job one today for many people in the computer industry. And the hardware too.

Two, you need better security applications. Better anti-virus, better firewalls, I can tell you we're all busting our buns out here trying to create that.

Three, user education and that's what we're doing right now. (talking directly to the viewers) You need to know that you need better security in the future.

And finally, the rule of law. The laws of the world need to catch up with the Internet. and that will take us to a more secure future.

Those four legs. Applications and operating systems, better security applications, user education and the rule of law. That will give us a more secure tomorrow.

ART: Most people aren't aware that they have something valuable and that other people can get access to it. And steal it or damage it.

ROBIN: Our challenge is not about the hacker its about awareness. It's about reaching out to that small business owner and helping them identify what the challenges are and figuring how they are going to get them addressed.

BRIAN: The key to our success is having good products and it is all done on computers now. We have to have a streamlined, digitized, automated method to make our products.

VICKY: The data is so important to our livelihood. I can't imagine what would happen to us if we lost all of our data and we had nothing but hard files to go into because there is so much detail and the design that we would have to re-create. I mean it would be devastating to my business, it really would be.

DAVID: Civilization is a process. It's been said, too many times. But the Internet is still the wild west. And it's not just Marshall Dillion who is going to come in and fix that. We need street lights and we need the Brinks truck and we need sidewalks and we need the doctor and the lady milliner who lives down on the corner. We need civilization to come to the Internet.

HATTIE: So you're one of the guys with a white hat.

DAVID: Oh, that would be me but I'm not the Marshall, I'm more the kindly old doctor. But that's still a white hat part you know.

HATTIE: (In the Studio) These are the White Hats but they can't help us unless we stop being our own worst enemy by pretending the security of the data in our computers is not a problem. Here's our advice: Buy new hardware and software if yours is more than three years old. Take the updates issued by the operating system. Install and keep current anti-virus software, apply a firewall, add a virtual private network if you or employees access your office computers remotely, AND, backup your hard drive daily.

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