The information age is upon us, and with it comes the increased use of computers for business purposes. Almost every company in the world now uses computers to monitor inventory, track employees, increase business, communicate with employees and customers and hold private human resource information. While technology has served our businesses well in these areas, some downfalls have come in the way of security risks that technology brings with it. Businesses have to increase their level of security for many reasons, to protect their customers, employees and confidential business information. As hackers are becoming more sophisticated, it is easier for them to break into a business network or database and steal confidential information. If a theft includes confidential employee information, you are putting both your employees at risk and your business, as employees may have the right to sue your corporation for damages. Avoiding this involves integrating the latest security measures and updating them on a regular basis. In addition to confidential employee information, there is also the danger of losing important company information. Some hackers will look to steal information about your company’s latest marketing methods, product designs or financial status to sell to your competitors. In the wrong hands, this information can destroy a business. Even if it does not destroy the business completely, it can lead to a loss of production or the need to revamp a great marketing plan that is both costly and time consuming because your competitor beat you to the punch in using it. Finally, a company must protect consumer information. Consumers who purchase products online are inputing personal financial information including credit card numbers, bank account information and other such things. If their security is compromised, it could mean their financial ruin. Consumers are no longer trusting every website they reach with such personal information. Instead, they are looking to purchase only from sites that have the latest security measures in place. Protecting security is an essential part of business. By doing so, a business protects valuable trade information, employees and consumers. This is why every business needs to stay up to date on the latest security measures and implement them quickly when changes take place.