WHAT YOU CAN DO\n\n\n\n\n WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT\n\n\n\n\n\nInstall basic hardware and software: firewalls, antivirus programs, passwords, etc. \n\n\n\n\n\nCost: $$$ \n\n\n\n\n\nSecurity rating:\u00bf\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nBasic protection. Despite the expense of your initial investment, you can\u2019t ignore these.\n\n\n\n\n\n\nBuy advanced hardware and software: encryption, token authentication, digital certificates and signatures, keysTRoke loggers, etc.\n\n\n\n\n\nCost: $$$ \n\n\n\n\n\nSecurity rating:\u00bf\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nThese offer far more security than the basics, and you pay for it.\n\n\n\n\n\n\nHire or Train programmers to write security code.\n\n\n\n\n\nCost: $$$$\n\n\n\n\n\nSecurity rating:\u00bf\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nTechnical expertise is the rarest?and most expensive?IT talent. But having these minds around is crucial.\n\n\n\n\n\n\nHire or reassign staff to create and enforce security policies.\n\n\n\n\n\nCost: $$ \n\n\n\n\n\nSecurity rating:\u00bf\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nHelps secure your everyday operations.\n\n\n\n\n\n\nDedicate one staffer to ongoing maintenance of security systems.\n\n\n\n\n\nCost: $\n\n\n\n\n\nSecurity rating:\u00bf\u00bf\/font>\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nThis is a low-cost, highly cost-effective way to improve security.\n\n\n\n\n\n\nEducate your staff and promote awareness companywide.\n\n\n\n\nCost: $\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nSecurity rating:\u00bf\u00bf\/font>\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nAnother low-cost, highly effective way to immediately improve security.\n\n\n\n\n\n\nSchedule regular virus and patch upgrades, firewall reconfiguration, PC security audits, etc. \n\n\n\n\n\nCost: $$ \n\n\n\n\n\nSecurity rating:\u00bf\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nAlthough this often requires software or services to automate the updates, it\u2019s well worth the cost to make sure critical updates don\u2019t fall by the wayside.\n\n\n\n\n\n\nConduct regular security and penetration audits or assessments. \n\n\n\n\n\nCost: $$$$ \n\n\n\n\n\nSecurity rating:\u00bf\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nExpensive but necessary. White Hat hackers will give you detailed reports of your security landscape and suggest ways to improve the view.\n\n\n\n\n\n\nPay consultants. \n\n\n\n\n\nCost: $$$ \n\n\n\n\n\nSecurity rating:\u00bf\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nSecurity consulting, while often required for projects or for insurance, is expensive. It\u2019s also hard to find consultants who have both technical and business expertise.\n\n\n\n\n\n\nOutsource your worries.\n\n\n\n\n\nCost: $$$$ \n\n\n\n\n\nSecurity rating:\u00bf\u00bf\/font>\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nOutsourcing is quite expensive, but it includes service guarantees that the enterprise will remain secure no matter what.