Are You Being Proactive and Accountable?
Privacy breaches and data security failures are more prevalent than ever, resulting in serious consequences to the average consumer. According to a report by the Identity Theft Resource Center, more than 446 million records were exposed in 2018. Institutions who don’t take a proactive approach to minimizing cybersecurity risks may face enormous financial, reputational, and legal repercussions.
October marks National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, a collaborative effort between government and industry to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity. Cybercriminals target every industry – from higher education, medical institutions, to direct end-users via email or phishing websites. They typically seek unauthorized access that is being developed and retained, such as personally identifiable information and research data.
Take a Moment
Cybercriminals push for immediate action. Slow down, take a moment to process, and decide if the action requested seems reasonable.
Double-check the Sender
If you ever feel nervous or threatened, Google the email sender or phone number. There are forums and sites to report scammers.
Software updates offer a line of defense against cyberattacks. Enable auto updates on Mac + Windows so you’ll have the latest, most protected version.
Attackers assume you’re using the same credentials for every login. Make a unique password for each site, change it periodically, and use 2-factor authentication when possible.
#NCSAM #BeCyberSmart #CyberAware
“It’s no longer enough to be on the lookout for something in your inbox that appears suspicious.”
Matt Gorham – Assistant Director, FBI Cyber Division
Cyber Safety Tips
To avoid inadvertently downloading malicious code that can harm your network or giving a criminal money or valuable information, the FBI recommends these tips:
- All users should keep systems and software up to date and use a good anti-virus program. These programs are not foolproof, however, and computer users themselves often help cybercriminals get through these safeguards.
- Examine the email address and URLs in all correspondence. Scammers often mimic a legitimate site or email address by using a slight variation in spelling.
- Do not follow the link provided in the message itself or call the phone numbers provided in the message. If an unsolicited text message or email asks you to update, check, or verify your account information, go to the company’s website to log into your account or call the phone number listed on the official website to see if something does in fact need your attention.
- Do not open any attachments unless you are expecting the file, document, or invoice and have verified the sender’s email address.
- Carefully scrutinize all electronic requests for a payment or transfer of funds.
- Be extra suspicious of any message that urges immediate action.
- Confirm requests for wire transfers or payment in person or over the phone as part of a two-factor authentication process. Do not verify these requests using the phone number listed in the request for payment.
Own IT. Secure IT. Protect IT.
Did you know? In 2019 GLOBAL RANSOMWARE DAMAGE WILL EXCEED 11.5 Billion!
“It’s no longer enough to be on the lookout for something in your inbox that appears suspicious,” said FBI Cyber Division Assistant Director Matt Gorham. “As criminals have grown savvier and their efforts more targeted, individuals and organizations need to scrutinize messages and requests that appear legitimate.”
We emphasize personal accountability and the importance of taking proactive steps to enhance cybersecurity at home and in the workplace. Altek analyzes your current infrastructure, network security, and office technology to guarantee we create a plan that aligns with your company’s needs while staying within a monthly budget. Reach out for your free consultation.