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  • Best Time to Backup Your PC's Data

    Posted December 4, 2009 - 8:25 pm

    Occasional computer users -- those who spend five hours a week or less at their PC -- should back up their data at least once a week. However, more frequent users who spend more than ten hours a week at their PC should perform daily backups.
  • Best Time to Change Your Password

    Posted December 4, 2009 - 8:18 pm

    A strong password is one that is at least 8 characters long with mixed upper- and lower-case letters, some non-letter characters, and that doesn't follow a pattern that could be easily guessed (for example "12345678"), says Gene Spafford, professor with the Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security (CERIAS) at Perdue University.
  • Best Time to Update Corporate Security Policies

    Posted December 4, 2009 - 7:39 pm

    Corporations that have gone through any of a number of adverse situations – a bad audit, a lawsuit, a lost business deal, an intrusion, or complaints related to security – should review their policy following the incident. Otherwise, companies should update corporate security policies at least once a year.
  • Best Time To Apply Security Patches

    Posted December 4, 2009 - 7:34 pm

    Applying security patches can be a big job in large corporations, so even if they wanted to, many companies couldn't patch immediately. Experts recommend that companies have patching policies in place that specify when and how to patch that gets the job done reliably and with minimal disruption to business. Typically companies take between a week and a month to apply a given patch.
  • Best Time to Perform Scans on Open Ports of a Network

    Posted December 4, 2009 - 5:03 pm

    For most companies, a monthly scan is adequate to ensure that the incoming connections are only for known services and that the ports haven't been penetrated by intruders or malware.
  • Best Time to Perform a Comprehensive Security Audit

    Posted December 4, 2009 - 4:35 pm

    Companies should perform a very thorough IT audit every four years evaluating every system plus backup and restore, disaster recovery, and emergency procedures, says Michelle Johnston Sollicito, an e-business consultant and author.
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