October is National Cyber Security Month: Is your Company’s Cyber security up to date with leading software?
Society has advanced into an era of cyber life. We now live in a world that is connected via cyber activity. The internet touches nearly every aspect of our daily lives, whether it is via social media sites, Email, video messaging, smart phones, and many other electronic devices. We use the internet to connect with friends and family, conduct business and rely on many other services, like online banking, shopping and utility services, which are supported with online systems. With so much of our lives integrated with technology, as individuals we must take steps to secure our personal information. Cyber risks can threaten all that we hold dear, like our finances, family, and privacy.
According to an article from Homeland Security, http://www.dhs.gov/national-cyber-security-awareness-month , National Cyber Security Awareness Month is designed to engage and educate public and private sector partners through events and initiatives with the goal of raising awareness about cybersecurity and increasing the resiliency of the nation in the event of a cyber incident. National Cyber Security Awareness Month takes place each October and is sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security in cooperation with the National Cyber Security Alliance and the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center.
In 2015 cyber-crimes costs have jumped 15% according to a report done by Ponemon, http://www8.hp.com/us/en/software-solutions/ponemon-cyber-security-report/, the average loss of companies worldwide exceed 7.7 million. But cybercrime is not only at the door of large companies, hackers seek small businesses and individuals.
Internet security is a problem for everyone. It is not the sole responsibility of one person to govern internet security; but it is the responsibility of everyone to understand his or her role in securing their part of cyberspace.
Best business practices for cyber security
Develop security as a Company culture. Creating a culture of security in the workplace means educating all personnel on policy & procedure. Therefore it is important to promote all security process in every aspect of the workplace.
Create Date entry & access codes. Every company has to be careful and meticulous about who they entrust sensitive information to. By creating specific access codes for all users, you can limit their access to only systems each employee needs at their level of information clearance.
Update. All computers should have the latest and most up-to-date anti-virus and anti-spyware software. It is also important to have the latest operating system and browser, be sure to use encryption methods, firewalls, and possibly a two-factor authentication process.
Password Protection. Use secure passwords and encourage employees not to share them with other colleagues. Encourage employees to create passwords that use a mixture of uppercase letters, lowercase letters, numbers and symbols and to routinely change them.
Education is Golden. Educate your employees on security practices and train them on how to identify a possible security threat. This training should include how to recognize a phishing email, how to create strong passwords, avoiding dangerous applications, taking information out of the company, and any other relevant user security risks.
Have a Plan. Develop a data breach plan. Having a response plan laid out ahead of time will allow you to close any vulnerability and limit the damage the breach can do.
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