The average length of time between a new computer being hooked up to the Internet and its being targeted by hackers is six minutes, experts warn -- so it’s critical to establish a defense in depth against cyber-invasion.

“Set up a computer, and within six minutes your computer will be attacked,” said Paul Horn, chief information security officer at HD Vest, in a session at the company’s annual meeting for its financial advisors, Connect2016, being held this week in the Washington, D.C., area. “So it’s important that you get your security set up quickly.”

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