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Cybersecurity is a shared responsibility regardless of whether you are at work or home. Recent cybersecurity attacks that threatened fuel and meat supply chains reinforce this. Knowing what you can do to protect yourself is key to warding off cyber threats. The following are good cybersecurity reminders for both businesses and individuals.

  • Embrace Updates
    • Make it a habit to regularly update your security software, operating system, apps, devices and tablets and install security patches. This is key to safeguarding against viruses, malware and other threats.
  • Strengthen Your Login
    • Remember strong passwords are key and include:
      • One lowercase letter, one uppercase letter, a special character, a number and 12-15 characters in length.
    • Enable multi-factor authentication when available.
    • Do not share logins or passwords.
  • Think Twice
    • Exercise caution when downloading files especially from the Internet and an unknown or suspicious source.
    • Do not open an attachment unless you know what it is, even if it appears to come from a familiar sender.
    • Employ these same cautions when accessing links.
  • Back Up Your Device
    • Regularly backup your files and important information using an external drive or cloud service. If using a cloud service, make sure you research the service being used. If using an external drive, make sure it is stored in a safe and secure location.
  • Using Personal Devices for Work
    • Employees and employers both have important responsibilities in this regard.
      • Employers need to know where or how sensitive company, customer and/or employee data is being accessed.
      • Employees need to consider the impacts of the safeguards put into place by their employer to protect the sensitive data.
    • Review privacy statements and security settings on websites visited and apps downloaded
      • Know what, how and to whom your information is being shared.
      • Using device settings, review to what your applications have access.
    • Complete Your Digital Spring Cleaning Tasks
      • Review your organization’s cybersecurity readiness policy. Make a plan to review yearly and test your readiness for a cyber incident.
      • Review your organization’s records retention guidelines. If you don’t have a policy in place, establish one and share with your customers.
      • Perform a data assessment by knowing what information you are collecting and storing. Determine if that information is relevant. If not, stop collecting and safely dispose of what information has been collected.

The above information might sound familiar because it is periodically highlighted in this newsletter. However, these basic tips might prove helpful to keeping you, your family or your business safe from online threats. Remember, it is everyone’s responsibility to ensure online safety at home or the work place.

More tips about cybersecurity for your home and business are available at:

Cybersecurity for Small Business | Federal Trade Commission (ftc.gov)

Cyber Safety Starts at Home Infographic NCSAM 2018 (staysafeonline.org)