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Bob here.  I’ve had several speaking engagements in the past couple of months, and the topic of security is consistently at the top of the list, especially in light of the combination of:

  • BYOD (Bring Your Own Device)
  • The proliferation of business applications on mobile devices
  • The lack of security on most mobile devices
  • The “convenience of impulse” most users show with mobile devices.

One of the other issues is “We’re too small to be at serious risk.”  And that certainly isn’t the case (notice the Verizon report sited below).

Here’s some additional useful info:

This article excerpt, by Tab Wilkins, originally appeared here:
Is cybersecurity something you need to worry about as a small manufacturer? In 2011, 50 percent of small businesses thought they were too small to be a hacker target, while the Verizon 2013 Data Breach Investigations Report found that 62 percent of breaches impacted smaller organizations. In 2011, the average cost to a small or medium-sized business from a cyber-attack was over $188,000.
What can be done to try and limit such attacks?
Jim Watson, President of California Manufacturing Technology Consulting, Inc., (CMTC), the MEP Center serving southern California suggests several tips:
•Limit use and distribution of personal credit cards as payment method for company expenditures
•Train employees on security principles and practices and limit employee access to data and information
•Find and Install the most recent security software and make sure it is updated and current
•Secure wi-fi networks, password protect access to routers and change ALL passwords quarterly
•Install security apps on business cell phones
There are several web resources available that can help small businesses understand the cybersecurity environment and develop risk-management strategies.  Five of those include:
The FCC Small Biz Cyber Planner 2.0 helps companies develop a custom cybersecurity plan via an on-line guidance. The custom guide, while not a substitute for consulting with trained security professionals, can help benchmark current practices.
Another valuable website by the FCC includes additional tips for a small business dealing with cybersecurity as well as references to select articles and other websites with important information. Of particular note are 10 Cyber Security Tips for Small Businesses along with potential solution providers to consider. by the National Cyber Security Alliance has current information on trending topics and how to stay safe on-line.  It offers opportunities to get involved in the cybersecurity community and has tips on teaching online safety.
Finally NIST has several tools and workshops to help companies better understand and respond to cybersecurity issues such as the Cybersecurity Framework within the Computer Security Division Computer Security Resource Center.  Planning is underway for a series of small business workshops to help owners and managers understand better risk management strategies.
While the Internet provides significant business advantages and opportunities to all companies of all sizes, every business should think about incorporating practices and tools to guard against cyber-attacks and significant losses.

For those of you who could not attend our April 2011 Lunchinar in person here’s your chance to participate from the comfort and convenience of your favorite chair! Through the magic of technology you can now hear Simplex-IT’s Bob Coppedge and Doug Tombow give a broad overview of how every business collects, uses, evaluates and protects data. Just click on the thumbnails that follow for the entire presentation in easy to digest segments. We hope you enjoy!

Part 1: Data vs. Information, Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)

Part 2: topics include Care and Feeding of Your Data, Indexing

Part 3: topics include Data Cleaning

Part 4: topics include tools you can use with reference to your data

We hope you enjoy the materials we’ve put together here. For more information on our company and the services we provide, visit us at

You are invited to join Simplex-IT for our next free Lunchinar: “Making The Most of Your Data for the Small to Medium Business”.

Your computer systems keep track of everything.  From customers to suppliers, purchases to sales, inventory to backorders.  But the key question is, are you using the information to your best advantage?  And are you protecting it as carefully as you should?

Many companies already own the tools to answer “yes” to both those questions.  It’s a matter of setting them up and watching them run.  Join Simplex-IT’s Bob Coppedge and Doug Tombow as they explore the various options that are built into database tools that your company may not be using to their full advantage.

The date is Wednesday, April 20, 2011 and the place is Hattie’s Cafe, 164 N. Main Street in Hudson, from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm.

Because seating is limited we request you please RSVP to or 234.380.1277. We hope to see you there!