In today’s world, cybersecurity is increasingly important. Cybercriminals are constantly scheming up new ways to steal your information and that of your organization. They have a bag full of tricks to get you to let them in. Knowledge and vigilance are your greatest weapons against their attack. No matter how big or small your operation may be, your best defense against cybercrime is you.
Once a hacker gains access to your system, they can steal your organization’s information, and that of your members. A data breach can end up being very costly to your organization. And, the proliferation of cybercrime is only expected to get worse in coming years. According to Juniper Research (2018), cybercriminals will steal 33 billion records via data breach in 2023.
Even the largest of entities are vulnerable to hackers. As reported in Newsweek (December 2018), the San Diego School District, for example, was hacked with a phishing scam in 2018, compromising date for over 500,000 people. While a data breach at your organization may not make the national news, it would still be devastating to your operation and your reputation.
How to Stay Cyber Safe
Anyone with access to your systems should receive education on cybersecurity and how to avoid potential threats. Following some basic cyber safety practices will go a long way toward protecting your data.
The accompanying video details some of the common trickery cybercriminals employ to get you to give them the keys to your kingdom. For example, when you receive an odd email or message on your computer, always think twice before taking action. It could mean the difference between protecting yourself and your organization, or becoming a hacker’s latest victim.
Whether at work or on the go, always make sure you’re connected to a secure network – that includes public Wi-Fi. When connected to a public network, make sure the network is password protected and never access your accounts with sensitive information. Make sure to disable file sharing and log out of your accounts when not using them.
It may seem like a hassle, but always take the few seconds to lock your computer any time you walk away from it. An experienced cyber thief only needs a minute with your unattended device to swipe your information.
To augment your own vigilance, antivirus software is a necessity to sniff out malicious programs that are trying to get in. Multi-Factor Authentication is another tool that builds a higher level of security around your network by verifying the identity of those who are trying to gain access.
As cybercriminals become ever more sophisticated and resourceful, you must arm yourself and your people with the tools and education to stay one step ahead of them. For more resources to help you understand and reduce all kinds of risks you might face, visit our Risk Resources section and check out our Online Safety Tips and Cybersecurity Tips and Advice
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