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Six Tips for Surviving a Cyber Security Threat

How to thwart threats to your company's computer system.

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This story appears in the August 2011 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

You can lower your risk by slimming down what online security pros call your "attack surface." And that means going beyond simply installing anti-virus software.



Don't assume partners have your back. If you depend on outside sources for technical firepower--outsourced services, cloud solutions and the like--come at it with eyes wide open. "Many business owners think their web hosting provider is taking care of the security of their website," says Neil Daswani, co-founder and chief technology officer of security firm Dasient. "Not so. At the low monthly fees at which many hosting services are made available, the web hosting provider does not scan the websites for vulnerabilities or malware."

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