You’ve lost your cell phone. What’s the first thing you think of? How will you call your parents, your kids, your friends? Who memorizes phone numbers anymore? What time is that birthday party? You live and die by your calendar reminders. Our devices have become appendages as valuable as our own hands. We feel totally lost without them.
While all of the above concerns are very valid, they may not be the first things you should think about. What you really should be thinking is whether your device is password protected. Have you utilized a two-factor authentication? Created strong passwords? Backed up regularly?
So, let’s start again.
You lost your phone, tablet, or computer. What do you do? Are you protected or are you sweating?
Cyber theft is an ever-evolving and growing concern. Cybercriminals don’t discriminate. They target any and all systems whether they are part of a large business or home network. Personal Identifiable Information (PII) has shown to be more valuable than a credit card number and there’s a huge network of nefarious individuals hiding in the shadows waiting to pounce.
As we continue to become deeper entrenched into the Information Age, it’s imperative to remember that cybersecurity is a shared responsibility and essential in protecting your systems, your data, your customers, and yourself. Cybersecurity training is not a one and done; it’s like eating your vegetables. You may not want to, but it’s good for your health.
Holding regular cybersecurity workshops and training will keep the ideas and responsibilities fresh for everyone both at work and at home. Make sure your expectations for cybersecurity protocols are clear to everyone, updated regularly, and accessible for review.
Here are a few things to remember:
- Create complex passwords, using a combination of upper and lowercase letters, symbols, and numbers. 123456 is not going to cut it.
- Change your password every 45-90 days or as frequently as indicated in your cybersecurity policy.
- Don’t give user names, passwords, computer access, or website access to anyone.
- Don’t open emails, links, or attachments from unrecognizable sources. Seems obvious, right? You’d be surprised how many people do it.
- Do not install or connect personal software or hardware to your network without permission from your IT Department.
- Back up, back up, back up!
- See it, question it, report it!
According to a recent article in Wired magazine, there have been fewer government leaks and global ransomware attacks this year compared to last year. That’s great, but corporate cybersecurity is still failing; it’s not evolving or maturing fast enough to keep up with the cyber criminals who keep getting smarter and more devious. Critical infrastructure is still weak, allowing access to hackers from all around the world. This year more than 300 universities in the U.S. and in 21 countries were hacked, stealing 31 terabytes of data worth $3 billion.
Don’t let technology become your weakness. Make it your strength. Set your expectations and start training your staff. There’s no better time than right now, considering that October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month. Get on trend and provide your staff with the gift of training to protect everyone.
By increasing cybersecurity training, you have a lot to gain (data and device protection, compliance, a more secure business, peace of mind, etc.). Note that there’s absolutely nothing to lose. This is essential training! We hope you get started today.