The Ballantyne chapter of the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce recently kicked off its three-part Business Booster Series at Ballantyne Country Club.
Chrisopher Hudel, chief information security officer for SPX, spoke to the 100-plus people at the first meeting about cybersecurity for small and medium-size businesses.
Based in Ballantyne, SPX is a multi-industry manufacturer with annual revenue of $5 billion. The company employs 14,000 in more than 35 countries.
Hudel detailed several ways businesses can reduce or prevent cyberattacks, which usually occur through company emails and websites, and said many of the safeguards also can be used to protect home computers.
Hudel said many attacks can be prevented with two tactics: educating users and practicing good security hygiene.
“Education means being aware of the most common ways hackers infiltrate computer networks – through phishing emails – and learning the methods to detect phishing emails and the appropriate steps to take, usually by simply deleting the email,” Hudel said.
“Good security hygiene includes all of the behaviors that result in a system that is harder to hack: changing default passwords, installing and updating anti-malware software, applying security updates to the operating system/programs, using different user names for administering the computer… and keeping point-of-sale and cash registers on a separate network from other general-purpose computers in the business.”
Hudel also advised business owners to check the risk profile for their particular type of business by looking at the Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report – available at www.verizonenterprise.com/DBIR – to help prioritize security issues.
The businesses then can then focus resources on the areas where the business is most vulnerable.
To see a slide copy of Hudel’s presentation, visit http://bit.ly/1KtDbyr.
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Want to go?
The Ballantyne Chapter of the Charlotte Chamber meets the first Thursday of each month. The next two meetings complete the Business Booster Series and include:
▪ April 2: Enhancing Your Small Business, presented by SCORE (for chamber members only).
▪ May 7: Small Business Panel Discussion.
▪ For information on the Charlotte Chamber or how to join, visit www.charlottechamber.com.