SAN FRANCISCO, May 5, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Small- to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) need to protect their data, businesses, and customers as much as larger enterprises do. They, too, can be targeted by competitors, disgruntled insiders, and even international hackers. Not only do they need to contend with all those cyber threats, they need to do so with tighter budgets and smaller staffs. The Peerlyst (https://www.peerlyst.com) community of information security professionals feels their pain—and is offering cybersecurity resources to help smaller businesses punch above their weight class.
"Many small- to medium-sized businesses are plagued by an inherent lack of security—a failing that could mean the end for their companies," points out Claus Cramon Houmann, a Peerlyst community manager based in Luxembourg. "Available free, these resources could make a real difference for SMBs. And that's what Peerlyst is all about: making it easier for the information security professionals who make up our community to do their jobs—and protect their enterprises."
"Claus and I have been collaborating on the development of information security policy templates for smaller businesses," says Glenda Snodgrass, a Peerlyst community member and president of the Net Effect, a Mobile, Alabama consulting firm. "I've shared my 'bite size' template for SMBs with little or no security organizational infrastructure, ones that are starting from scratch with the very basics. And Claus offers his 'full meal' template, designed for more security-mature or ambitious smaller organizations."
These two are the first in a series of free templates that the Peerlyst community is producing in order to help SMBs increase their defensive postures. Here's the link to the background and resources for smaller companies looking for basics to start developing a solid security program: https://www.peerlyst.com/posts/free-basic-template-information-security-policy-for-small-business-smb-smbe-sme-glenda-snodgrass. And here's the link that will take you to the more comprehensive template: https://www.peerlyst.com/posts/resource-free-comprehensive-information-security-policy-template-for-small-business-smb-sme-claus-cramon.
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