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Man-Made Problems in the Digital World

If you’ve watched any sci-fi movie, you probably understand the perceived dangers of the digital world. Primarily the unrealistic dangers of artificial intelligence. Now, I’m not saying that AI won’t be a threat in the future but it’s important to note that right now the people using the Internet pose a much bigger threat than an incoming Robo-Apocalypse. And I’m not just talking about cybercriminals. Regular, everyday human error is what poses the most dangerous threat to your company’s cybersecurity. Don’t believe me? Well then, let’s take a quick look.

  • If one of your employees is a victim in a data breach and they happen to use the same password across all their accounts, that could give cybercriminals access to your whole network of data including employee W2’s and customer billing information.

  • If just one person isn’t paying enough attention to their email and falls for a phishing scam, it could expose your company to a data breach or ransomware attack. Something like that could shut down your company for days or even weeks. Think about how much that could cost you in revenue and reputation.

  • A less than thought out photo posted to social media with PII (Personal Identifiable Information) or PHI (Personal Health Information) visible in frame could lead to a data breach or a HIPAA violation. You don’t want a poorly timed selfie to be the reason you have to deal with an onslaught of lawsuits.

  • Something as simple as a lost phone could be fatal if that employee used their personal phone for work. A hacker could use that hardware to break into your integral systems that hold employee and customer data. Not as easy to fix as a trip to Best Buy.

All these missteps are unintentional, but that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t plan ahead for them. Make sure that you’re giving your staff proper cybersecurity training and making your digital policies well-known. Be an active participant in making sure no one falls for scams.

Luckily for you, this Cybersecurity Awareness Month we’ve got you covered. Netswitch is offering a free Penetration Testing (mention: PTU21) and our Monthly Managed Services are significantly discounted. Our services include regular security training for your employees where they learn simple steps that will put themselves and your organization on a path to less human error and stronger cybersecurity!

This Weeks Cybersecurity Tips

  1. Use MFA to Protect Your Accounts - This extra layer of security should be enabled wherever available as it requires two or more credentials to log in to your account.

  2. Use a Password Manager - This software will keep track of your passwords, so you only need to remember one master password to get into your accounts.

  3. Create Strong Passwords - String together different words and add spaces, punctuation, capitals, numbers, and symbols to make the strongest password possible.

  4. Protect Your Mobile Devices - Update your software whenever possible, use strong passcodes, turn off Bluetooth when not in use, be careful of public Wi-Fi, and verify legitimacy before downloading anything.

  5. Never Leave Your Devices Unattended - Keep your mobile devices on your person and remember to keep all other devices locked in a safe location when not in use.

  6. Properly Dispose of Electronic Media - Make sure to wipe old devices of any data before disposing of them at a designated site.

  7. Don't Plug Unknown Devices into Your Computer - If you find an unfamiliar device such as a USB drive, don’t play spy and plug it into your computer.

  8. Protect IoT Devices - Any device that is connected to the Internet can be attacked like your smart TV, thermostat, doorbell, and more. Remember to use strong passwords and keep devices updated.

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