IT | Security

8 Layers of Security for your Computer

By: Absolute Team | 4/7/2010

IT Business Edge put together a list of 8 Layers of Security that Every Computer Should Have. Rather than simply looking at 8 solutions to computer security, this list challenges you to think of security in terms of how you're trying to protect yourself from different risks to data security.

  1. Firewalls - hardware, software and wireless router firewalls
  2. Scanners - for viruses, malware, spyware, etc
  3. Web-scanning
  4. Behaviour-monitoring
  5. Updates - keep all your software, including your browser, up to date
  6. Network-based restrictions and user management software
  7. Encryption
  8. Online backup system

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Of course, you can build upon these layers! A layered approach to computer security assesses all the potential risks to data loss and chooses products and procedures that will cover those risks - each layer adding additional protection. No single technology or service can mitigate all risk, so it's a matter of weighing the costs and benefits of each "layer" to see what best fits your needs. You may also find that you need multiple solutions to cover each "layer" in this list.

Absolute would add a few more layers to the ones above:

9. Computer management - on and off the corporate network because you can't protect what you can't find
10. Remote data delete - even the best IT staff can't stop a user from writing down a password and taping it to the laptop
11. Software management - users can install prohibited software that can leave you open to security vulnerabilities

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