Cybersecurity Best Practices – In & Out of the Office

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.

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Cybersecurity & Business – Not Just an IT Problem

Cybersecurity Needs for Businesses 

Connected technology, Internet-enabled (IoT) devices and other digital services each come with their own security risks. But when used in concert with businesses and their data, these technologies can present more substantial cybersecurity risks than those used for personal use.

Vendors, suppliers, partners and other third-parties associated with your business can also increase your risk for a data breach. Consequently, businesses have spent millions on cybersecurity solutions to combat the risks of the multitude of online, data-driven business services.

Businesses must prepare for the added cybersecurity risks that come with connected technology. But aside from new tech, businesses must also be willing to emphasize cybersecurity awareness and education along with their stringent security protocols.
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Lessons Learned From Data Breaches in 2017

Same Problem, Different Landscape

Reading about data breaches on paper never does the concept justice. Hearing that data breaches in 2017 were – and continue to be – “big problems” for all types of organizations can desensitize us to the true implications of a data breach event. 

The inevitability of data breaches can leave companies feeling defeated, and the monetary losses tied to these security incidents only adds to the damages. Throw in the thought of unhappy complaints from customers or clients about protecting their sensitive information, dealing with the legal consequences and hits to your business’ public reputation – and you’ve got yourself a perfect data breach storm.

The truth is that a data breach will impact more than just the business itself. It affects customers, clients, employees and vendors too. Let’s review some of the data breaches that occurred in 2017, see what we can learn from the mistakes that were made and improve overall data breach prevention and response in the new year. Continue reading

Our Digital World: 2018 Identity Security Resolutions

Identity Security: A Holistic Approach

As we move forward into the new year, we look back on 2017 to see how fraud and identity theft have impacted us, and what we can do to start 2018 on the right foot. Fraudsters have turned to email scams, spoofed websites, fake messages and malicious software to facilitate a number of identity crimes.

Today’s world of digital identity crime requires us to look at identity security in three parts: a focus on cybersecurity, financial awareness and identity protection to effectively secure your most valued asset – your identity. Let’s look at a few 2018 Identity Security Resolutions to see how we can improve our overall identity security in the coming new year. Continue reading