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What Should You Know About Cyber Security Today?
The staff at Communication Concepts, Inc. (CCI) knows that staying educated about Cyber Security is important. That’s why we were asked to hold a Cybersecurity Education Presentation for the NEJC 2019 Leadership Class. Eighty business leaders from the Northeast Johnson County (NEJC) Chamber of Commerce in northeast Kansas were in attendance.
The presentation included the latest information on Cyber Security, data privacy and GDPR threats (General Data Protection Act). It revealed how easy it is to someone to engage in Wi-Fi hacking (using a Wi-Fi pineapple) and covered basics like good password practices and cloud-based backups.
We did have some fun, however. CCI gave out a number of nice door prizes:
Everything was made in Kanas City (KC) and KC themed:
Here are some of the highlights of our presentation and what you need to know about Cyber Security today…
What Is Cyber Security?
Cyber Security by definition is the preventative tactics used to protect data from being stolen, altered or attacked. It requires protection from potential information threats like viruses and malicious codes. Cybersecurity strategies include identity management, risk management and incident management.
Three things are required for your business to be secure:
Cyber Security employs various hardware and software technologies that can be used on devices or networks. Some tools include:
A Cyber Security Plan is essential today with the evolving and sophisticated landscape of security threats. Even simple things like a Wi-Fi Pineapple can open a door to your information for cybercriminals.
Are Your Business Emails Protected?
Business Email Compromise (BEC) is another popular tactic for cybercriminals. A hacker can “linger” in an email account, and there’s no easy way to tell when you’re compromised. Your data and customers become pawns in the hands of whoever has broken into your email account, as they wait for the opportune time to exploit.
What’s The First Line Of Defense Against Cybercrime?
Passwords… A week password anywhere on your network is all it takes for your data to be compromised.
You’ve heard this over and over again, but the majority of people ignore this advice. We still have PSAs on the need for seatbelts; we’ll be having secure password conversations for a long time.
Despite the fact that passwords are the most direct way to access private information, most passwords in use today are simply not strong or complex enough.
What Should You Know When Creating Passwords?
1. Use at least 12 characters that include:
2. Use a unique password for each website or cloud application.
4. Never share passwords.
5. Use a Password Manager. The above is impossible without a tool like Password Management.
A Password Manager generates, keeps track of and retrieves complex and long passwords for you to protect your vital online information. It also remembers your PINS, credit card numbers and three-digit CVV codes if you choose this option. Plus, it provides answers to security questions for you. All of this is done with strong encryption.
Is Your Staff Making Password Mistakes?
Find out for sure by considering these 4 common password mistakes:
Creating and using strong passwords can be frustrating, but it’s incredibly important. Privacy and Cyber Security are major concerns for businesses these days. You must be sure that you aren’t making it easy for hackers to access you or your business’ private data.
But strong passwords aren’t enough… Important accounts need to be protected by more than a password. You need Two Factor Authentication.
Are You Using Two Factor Authentication?
Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) is a form of Multi-Factor Authentication. 2FA protects your identity by requiring an additional layer of security. This makes it more difficult for criminals to log into your accounts.
With Two Factor Authentication a code is provided to you via your smartphone that is only valid for a short amount of time. The code should be entered in a follow-on prompt after your password. This way, even if a criminal obtains your password, they would also need the code from your smartphone to access your account. They would immediately be denied.
More specifically, to be categorized as MFA, your credentials must be submitted in two or more different forms. Using two passcodes doesn’t meet this criterion. You would need your login ID and a passcode for authentication to be classified as 2FA or MFA.
But there’s more…You must back up your data to a secure offsite location in the Cloud.
How Do Backups To The Cloud Help With Cyber Security?
If your data is locked down by a cybercriminal due to a ransomware infection, you’ll still be able to access it if you’ve backed up properly. By backing up your information in the Cloud, you have ready access to your files at once and anywhere. You’re no longer dependent on the hard drive in your computer or server in your office. Your files are stored securely in a virtual server environment in data centers located around the world so if one fails another can take its place. You’ll never be without your data.
A backup isn’t a backup unless it’s cloud-based. Cloud-based backups allow you to restore your data quickly after a disaster like accidental deletions or ransomware infections. And managing your data in the Cloud is simple and as easy as it is to manage it on your computer.
Critical considerations when backing up your data involve:
What Does Cyber Security Have To Do With Regulations?
It’s about privacy vs security. Regulations like the General Data Protection Act (GDPA) mandate that your customers’ private information remains so. The GDPR is legislation that aims to give the residents of the EU more control over their data. While the EU is an ocean away, we are seeing copy-cat legislations taking root here in the US. Under GDPR, organizations that handle data of EU residents will have to comply with data and privacy rules.
Your customers have rights:
The Right to be forgotten.
The Right to know what is known about them.
The Right to update inaccurate data.
The Right to know how their data is being used.
What Does Cyber Security Have To Do With Privacy?
For Cyber Security you must:
For Privacy you must:
Cyber Security requires people. People require training. Cyber Security is about risk management. Keep your password guard up. Two factor everything possible. Know what makes a backup a backup. Privacy – It’s a big thing!
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