Why Workplace Security Depends on Employees
October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM), and since its inception more than 17 years ago, it has been led by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the National Cybersecurity Alliance. This year’s theme encourages you and your organization to “Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart.”, referring to implementing stronger security practices, raising community awareness, educating vulnerable audiences, or training employees.
Hackers, viruses, and malware can infiltrate Small to Midsized Businesses’ (SMBs) systems from many different entrances, and each employee — regardless of the industry or their position — is a gatekeeper. Security shouldn’t be an intimidating or abstract idea in your company — it should be rooted in every action and business process, reducing human error and failures, which lead to almost half of all data breaches. A culture of security needs to be persistent and ever-present.
Consider the following guidelines based on this year’s NCSAM theme to encourage personal accountability and practice best security practices:
If You Connect It, Protect It
Owning a device that is interchangeably used for business is a serious responsibility. Take the appropriate steps to protect your company’s BYOD devices:
- Surf social media safely and avoid cross-linking your apps to your social media account.
- Remind employees to update privacy settings on their various apps to avoid oversharing of personal and business information.
- Beware of mobile threats targeting your business and implement a mobile device policy.
- Encourage employees to report every discrepancy they come across during and outside of work hours.
Securing Devices at Home and Work
Securing company devices, especially while working remotely, is the first line of defense against cyberattacks.
- Update company logins and advocate the use of strong, unique passphrases.
- Ensure your business uses two-factor authentication on important accounts.
- Proactively safeguard devices with innovative Mobile Threat Defense.
- Educate your employees on how to detect and avoid clicking on phishing links.
Securing Internet-Connected Devices in Healthcare
Many healthcare organizations have outdated IT systems and lack focus and investment in cybersecurity tools, which puts consumer sensitive and medical information at risk. If you work in the healthcare industry or if you think you’ve been a victim of a medical record data breach, here are some resources for you to use personally and share with your colleagues.
- Overcoming the Path of Data Breach Disruption During COVID-19 (Infographic)
- 2020 Data Breaches
- COVID-19 Top Digital Scams
- COVID-19 Scams & the Remote Workforce
- 8 Ways We Protect Your Employees Identity and Financial Profile
- Password Strength Test
- Medical ID Theft Checklist
- 10 Tips for 2020 Data Breach Victims (Infographic)
- Risky Business: Data Breach Impact on Your Organization & Employees (Whitepaper)
National Cybersecurity Awareness Month is the perfect time to kick start your organization’s culture of security. Start putting these ideas into motion and you’ll immediately improve your company’s odds of keeping sensitive information away from prying eyes.
Tips to Protect Your Small Business
- Prohibit the use of Public Wi-Fi. Accessing business documents from an unsecured network allows hackers to infiltrate sensitive information.
- Invest in Business Identity Protection. Safeguard your company from the devastating repercussions of a potential cyber threat or data breach, while also protecting your employees’ identities.
- Test Your Employees. Conduct quarterly tests to gauge the effectiveness of your cybersecurity policy.
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*Originally posted October 21, 2019. Updated September 30, 2020*
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