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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12 Quick Ways to Secure Your Personal Data

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Secure Your Personal Data

Think about the many places your personal data lives – the documents that contain it, the businesses collecting it, the devices storing and sharing it, the websites and apps using it. Fraudsters work by targeting those sources of data to ultimately profit from it.

Despite the “how” and “why,” security incidents like data breaches, phishing scams and more can leave you wondering: What should I do?  The good news is that awareness and prevention are often the best remedy for many of these threats.

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MyHeritage Confirms 92 Million Breached

What happened?

Genealogy and DNA testing service MyHeritage confirmed a recent breach affecting more than 92 million customers. According to reports, email addresses and hashed passwords were impacted by this breach. 

The Israeli-based company has nearly 100 million users from all over the world – with offices in North America, Israel and Europe.  MyHeritage consists of both genealogy networking and DNA testing services similar to AncestryDNA, 23andMe and Family Tree Now. 

A security researcher discovered a file containing email addresses and hashed passwords on a private server not associated with MyHeritage databases, the company said. Password hashing scrambles a user’s true password when it is stored by a company, adding an extra layer of protection to passwords if they fall into the wrong hands. 

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