In today’s digital world, IT professionals aren’t the only ones responsible for protecting a company from cyber criminals. Every person in an organization – from the custodian to the CEO, and the intern to the administrative assistant – shares a responsibility to be vigilant about online threats.
Recent major cyber incidents, like the WannaCry and Petya ransomware attacks, demonstrate the devastating effects cyber attacks can have on a company or organization, including significant financial losses, severe operational interruptions, and damaged consumer confidence.
Unfortunately, human error is usually a major factor in cyber breaches. Employee actions as simple as clicking on a malicious link, opening a suspicious email attachment, or setting a weak password (like “password123”) can give cyber criminals access to a company’s computer network.
That’s why all employees at all levels must protect their company’s sensitive information and computer networks by being wary of online threats.
Here is how you can keep your business safe and secure online during National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) and year-round.
- Beware of phishing emails. Do not open emails, links, or attachments from strangers. Phishing attacks use email or malicious websites to infect your machine with malware in order to collect personal and financial information.
- Make your passwords complex. Use long passwords with a combination of numbers, symbols, and letters (uppercase and lowercase). Change your passwords regularly, especially if you believe your password has been compromised.
- Report all suspicious activity. If you notice something unusual about your computer or email account, report it immediately to your IT department.
Find more information on strengthening your business’ cybersecurity, and find out how to get involved in NCSAM 2017, at www.dhs.gov/ncsam.