It's Cyber Security Awareness Month!
Let us here at eCLIPSE Network Solutions help keep you protected.
A cyber-attack can cause significant financial losses to businesses. In 2020, a sharp increase was reported in cyber attacks using stolen login credentials and passwords.1 Cybercriminals like to rely on human error-employees failing to install software patches. In order to keep data, customers, and capital safe and secure, cybersecurity requires the vigilance of everyone, from the top to the bottom of the company. #BeCyberSmart to stay on top of cybersecurity.
Here are some tips from the CISA Cyber Security Awareness Team to help keep you cyber secure.
Tip #1 - Treat business information as personal information.
Business information typically includes a mix of personal and proprietary data. While you may think of trade secrets and company credit accounts, it also includes employee personally identifiable information (PII) through tax forms and payroll accounts. Do not share PII with unknown parties or over unsecured networks.
Tip #2 - Don’t make passwords easy to guess.
As “smart” or data-driven technology evolves, it is important to remember that security measures only work if used correctly by employees. Smart technology runs on data, meaning devices such as smartphones, laptop computers, wireless printers, and other devices are constantly exchanging data to complete tasks. Take proper security precautions and ensure correct configuration to wireless devices in order to prevent data breaches.
"Bitwarden is a free and open-source password management service that stores sensitive information such as website credentials in an encrypted vault."
Tip #3 - Stay up to date.
Keep your software updated to the latest version available. Maintain your security settings to keep your information safe by turning on automatic updates so you don’t have to think about it and set your security software to run regular scans.
Tip #4 - Social media is part of the fraud tool set.
By searching Google and scanning your organization’s social media sites, cybercriminals can gather information about your partners and vendors, as well as human resources and financial departments. Employees should avoid oversharing on social media and should not conduct official business, exchange payment, or share PII on social media platforms.
Tip #5 - It only takes one time.
Data breaches do not typically happen when a cybercriminal has hacked into an organization’s infrastructure. Many data breaches can be traced back to a single security vulnerability, phishing attempt, or instance of accidental exposure. Be wary of unusual sources, do not click on unknown links, and delete suspicious messages after reporting or forwarding all phishing attempts to a supervisor, so that any necessary organizational updates, alerts, or changes can be put into place.