Inside Your Business: Keeping Your Information Secure

    Despite the many advances in software technology, one concern remains top of mind -” security.

    From investing in the newest technology tools that will defend against viruses or hackers to implementing best practices for protecting information, business leaders are taking important steps to protect their companies.

    To help, Microsoft publishes a semiannual Security Intelligence Report (SIR) that will deepen your understanding of current global security threats, evaluate your existing security protection and provide tips about how to effectively address safety concerns.

    For example, one way to combat security issues is to educate your workforce. Since many small-to-midsize businesses often lack the resources and IT expertise of big enterprises, sharing information with your team can go a long way in keeping your business secure. This means you must tell your employees about the potential danger of storage devices, such as USB thumb drives, especially when employees use them on home computers. An infected storage volume brought in from a poorly managed home computer can disrupt or corrupt your business’ entire computer network, so it’s important to take steps to mitigate this threat. Also, while it may seem like common sense, you need to remind employees to never open files from unknown sources.

    Additionally, technologies such as Network Access Protection and DirectAccess can help prevent employees from unwittingly infecting your network while working remotely. These technologies impose automatic security protocols, such as requiring that security patches be installed regularly to keep your business files protected.

    An effective security program also requires that you install and turn on firewalls to keep hackers or viruses from capturing your information. Also, be sure your firewalls are updated regularly.

    Combating security threats may seem like a daunting task. But there are many resources available to help you. Microsoft Customer Service and Support is one example. This important group listens to customer feedback, identifies top customer issues and then works with product teams to develop solutions. They also provide support tools to help customers address any existing problems. To reach Microsoft support visit:

    Keeping data secure is key priority for business leaders. Microsoft can assist by providing information, resources and solutions to help you employ the best security practices for your business.

    Liz Siver is the central region market development director for Microsoft based in the Southfield, Mich. office. She has been with Microsoft for more than 10 years and her team manages more than 35,000 partners in the Central Region. The full SIR report provides more detailed information on security threats and is freely available at