Tech Tuesday: #13: What Plants vs Zombies Can Teach You About Small-business Security

It’s time for Tech Tuesday, where we answer reader questions!

TechTuesdays from Charland Technology

We’re going to take a break from the questions this time, and talk about Internet Security for your small business.

Most everyone has played (or at least heard of) Plants vs. Zombies. It’s a fun game from PopCap Software. Go check it out if you haven’t yet. We’ll still be here when you’re done.

You’re welcome.

So, PvZ is a defense game. You place plants with different abilities on a game field and zombies come. If all goes well your plants will stop the zombies before they get to your home.

What does this have to do with business security? Plenty. Think about the game for a moment, in the screenshot above.

As soon as a zombie appears he gets pelted with peas.
If a zombie survives the peas he’ll run into a chomper.
Then he continues to get hit with peas.
If he survives that he’ll end up dealing with another Chomper.
If that Chomper is full and he gets to the end, there’s a lawnmower that’ll spring to life and run him over.

That’s how network security works in an ideal world. We’ve seen failures every step along the way.

To put it in another perspective,

It a bad guy wants to break into your office he’ll see the alarm company sticker and your security lights.
Then there’s the doorknob lock.
And the deadbolt.
If he gets through that then either door, motion, or glass-break sensors start the alarm.
After several minutes of sound and fury the police are contacted.
Meanwhile, the really valuable stuff is kept in locked cabinets.

And if all else fails you’ve got theft insurance on the really valuable stuff.

break-ins,buildings,burglars,cat burglar,cat burglars,gloves,jeans,occupations,photographs,roofs,securities,stocking caps,thieves,windows

So it’s a layered approach. Like an onion

agriculture,chopping boards,cutting,food,onions,vegetables

or a parfait.

Of course we’ve got antivirus. Massachusetts law says we need this.
And we’ve got a Unified Threat Management device, a business-grade firewall that can detect threats in all types of traffic.
And we have automatic operating system updates.
And our users work with limited accounts wherever possible.
And we have monitoring and intrusion detection on the firewalls and servers.
And we have users who know what their systems should look like and who to call when something looks suspicious.
And encryption and limited access on the really confidential stuff.

And we recommend cyberfraud insurance for our clients. Just in case all of these measures fail….because they can.

Got questions? Send them to CharlandTech via Facebook, post as a comment on this article, Tweet ‘em to @gregc00 or @CharlandTech, or find another creative way to get them to us.

(And FYI, you can make the gorgeous-looking parfait yourself at LowFat Vegan Cooking…)

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