Free online tool teaches IT security procedures

AVG Technologies launched SMB BootCamp, a free, online tool to help SMBs demonstrate to customers that their company is seriously committed to following AVG’s recommended IT security procedures.

The course is an engaging mix of video clips and web content divided into eight weekly themed installments, each with a short, multiple-choice questionnaire that must be completed correctly in order to qualify for the next stage.

The eight themes are: Analyse your business; Understand the threat landscape; The threat within – employees; Hardware; Cloud; Mobile; Social Media; and Create your own security policy.

Successful completion of the final week’s questionnaire entitles SMBs to download the special AVG SMB BootCamp badge for use on their websites and as part of their marketing campaigns, to demonstrate they have participated in the AVG SMB BootCamp.

“The truth is, the vast majority of SMBs only truly understand the total devastation of IT a security breach can cause after they’ve had one,” said Laurie McCabe, partner at SMB Group. “Even though they hear about the massive losses that other companies suffer – in time, money, customers and brand – too often they don’t put IT security measures in place until they’ve been hit themselves because they think they will be too expensive or complicated. Solutions such as AVG’s SMB Bootcamp give small business owners a simple and cost-effective way to proactively tackle and control security challenges.”

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