October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) and it’s the perfect time to implement a new educational training series for your employees. Continuous education programs can help safeguard your employees’ confidential information and protect against cyberattacks and data breaches that can lead to crippling financial damage, fraud, and identity theft. Continue reading
*Originally Posted July 11, 2016. Updated May 27, 2020*
You’ve heard the old saying: “Don’t open an email from someone you don’t know.” You assume that your employees understand how to spot a phishing scam with illegitimate hyperlinks or suspicious attachments with odd file extensions. But what if they receive an email that appears to come from your financial adviser, your business’ trusted vendor, or even you? The Federal Investigation Bureau (FBI) has anticipated an uptick in BEC scams during the coronavirus pandemic. Since the beginning of the crisis, businesses are seeing 80% of scam emails are using COVID-19 messages. Continue reading
*Originally posted March 27, 2017. Updated January 21, 2020.*
Business tax scams are big business for criminals looking to make a financial gain using your employees’ and business information. Being aware of the schemes criminals are carrying out and the tactics they use to employ them can give your business the best chance to deflect such advances. Continue reading
National Cybersecurity Awareness Month: A Year-Long Effort
October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month – a time that is dedicated to showcasing how to stay safe online by providing insight and best practices on how to protect Personally Identifiable Information (PII), financial and sensitive proprietary data.
The need for proper cybersecurity within the workplace should be a continuous effort throughout the year. With small businesses feeling the brunt of data breach events, many of which are caused by cyberattacks or other security vulnerabilities, a proactive attitude toward cybersecurity risks in the workplace is now more important than ever.
Your employees are ultimately your first line of defense against potential data breaches, and they can make or break your overall business security. However, employees may not realize that protecting business information also means protecting their personal information, too.