It’s Red Carpet Season. There isn’t an Academy presenting awards for Two-Minute Videos Most Likely to Help Businesses Start with Security. (The engraving wouldn’t fit on the statuette anyway.) But if there were, submitted for your consideration are our nominees in ten categories – and the debut of a new production.
Best short feature. We’re fans of Start with Security. It explains the basics of building security into the culture of your company.
Outstanding achievement in limited release. The odds-on favorite is Control Access to Data. Most of us can’t just sashay into those swanky Hollywood after parties. Shouldn’t access to the sensitive information in your files and on your networks be just as exclusive?
Best foreign language film. T#2nKsW$b isn’t a typo in a movie subtitle. Implement Strong Password Policies explains why it’s a better password choice for your employees than qwerty, 123456, or ababab.
Award for archival achievement. Thanks to advances in film preservation, we’re able to enjoy the classics of the silver screen. Of course, not everything a company creates belongs in the archive. Safely dispose of data you no longer need. But if you have a legitimate business reason to maintain information, watch Store Information Securely for tips.
Outstanding genre production. Check the movie listings and you’ll see action, sci fi, rom coms, horror, and the occasional art house flick. The industry hedges its bets with market segmentation. The parallel lesson in data security is network segmentation. Even if a data glitch happens, tools like firewalls could help reduce the damage by protecting information on other portions of your network. Segment and Monitor Your Network explains how.
Best acting on location. Like “Lawrence of Arabia” or “Apocalypse Now,” some of the most memorable performances happened away from studio sound stages. In a similar way, your staff may produce some of their best work while working at home or on the road. Secure Remote Access offers advice on maintaining high security standards when away from the office.
Most promising newcomer. Once a production has wrapped, it must be difficult to go back to reshoot a scene. Whether you’re starting a new business or designing an innovative product, it’s easier – and more effective – to incorporate security from the get-go rather than to graft it on later. Take two minutes to watch Build Security into Development for suggestions on a successful debut.
Best ensemble cast. As the saying goes, “There are no small parts, only small actors.” As you put appropriate security practices in place at your business, build them into your contracts with affiliates, too. Monitor Your Service Providers offers advice on ensuring that others with access to your sensitive data meet – and maintain – the standards you establish.
Best sequel. Some of the year’s best movies have been reboots – fresh ways of reimagining the old favorites. Periodically rethink your security practices, too. Get vendor-recommended patches and updates, follow what experts are saying about looming threats, and pay attention if credible people contact you about potential security problems with your products. Watch Keep Your Security Current for practical help.
Lifetime achievement in multimedia. Talkies took over almost a century ago, and yet the silent film “The Artist” won awards in 2011. What does that have to do with data security? Hack attacks grab the headlines, but substantial damage can be done the old-fashioned way through a lost laptop, a left-behind flash drive, or a carelessly discarded file, to name just a few. Secure Devices and Paper serves as a reminder that some data thieves are connoisseurs of the classics.
And now for a sneak peek at a just-released blockbuster. Start with Security: Free Resources for Any Business is packed with suggestions about how you can use the FTC’s multichannel Start with Security materials.
Now it’s your turn. How have you built security into your business? Share your favorite tip to help other companies start with security.