They seek him here, they seek him there, that elusive cyber thief.

Anonymous has struck again, at least they are claiming to have been the main instrument in bringing down the SOPA bill and targeting the FBI after the shut down of the megauploads site, not that I agree with their methods but they are becoming a threat that most small and medium business need to start taking notice of.

Anonymous is a loose organisation of hackers.   From the baby ones, script kiddies who are just experimenting with the ‘dark side’, all the way up to the social misfits who talk in zeroes and ones and want to break everything that you have worked hard for:

they are out there.

In addition to the members of the main organisation they also have web sites and application that are available to anyone with a computer or smart phone who want to join in on a localized or targeted attack on some perceived social or government threat to their way of life.   Anonymous believe in anarchy and nothing and no one is going to get in their way in delivering that level of society.

What has this got to do with you, you ask.   Well the solutions to protecting yourself, your business, your staff and your clients are all the same whether you are protecting yourself from a drive by attack, a localized opportunistic exploit delivered to your business by accident (right place wrong time) or a full blown attack from multiple vectors who are hell bent on gaining access to your data.   The processes, procedures and policies that you put I place are one of the major solutions to a businesses exposure to these levels of attack.

Education and vigilance are paramount in protecting your hard earned business reputation and you should do everything in your power to protect that.

Does your business have an Internet policy, an email policy or a social media policy that everyone in the business has read and understood.   Do you have a process where new staff members are bought up to speed within the business so that they understand the philosophy of you the CEO, manager or owner.

Does that new staff member who is taking over the accounts understand where to find all of the correct information, do they know which account file is being used, do they know where the correct stationary is store so that your business is displaying a unified front, do they know where the accounts procedures are documented so that they can start to be productive as fast and soon as possible.

As a starting point these processes, procedures and policies are the starting block for your race to secure your business.   If you combine them with good technology and a resilience business system then that hard and difficult problem with government compliance will all fit into place with minimal changes to your business.

Roger Smith, is an educator. Teaching students at ADFA (UNSW) and showing them how vulnerable they are to cybercrime.

He is also CEO at R & I ICT Consulting Services Pty Ltd, an Amazon #1 author on Cybercrime and founder of the SME Security Framework. He is a Consultant who specialises in inexpensive and highly effective security strategies for small and medium businesses and not for profit organisations.

He has developed and authored the SME Security Framework and the Security Policy Training Course which are considered to be the definitive guides to helping SME's protect their organisation using the principles of Technology, Management, Adaptability and Compliance.