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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Apollo Breach Exposes Over 200 Million

What happened?

Apollo, a company who provides sales engagement solutions to its clients, recently confirmed a massive data breach – first discovered in July 2018 – affecting over 200 million of its contacts.

Hackers gained access to Apollo’s prospect databases to steal names, job titles, employers, social media handles, phone numbers, email addresses and other business contact information. 

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Fraudsters Bring Back Old Scams With New Tricks

New Channels, Old Scams 

In an age where the latest technology is available to the everyday consumer, it may be hard to believe people still fall for classic scamming methods. However, fraudsters that utilize scare tactics continue to be highly effective – especially in phone, mail and online scams. 

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) found millennials to be more at risk for online scams than seniors. At first glance, this may sound surprising given that younger generations often are more digitally aware. 

But with the increasing number of people using connected technology and Internet-enabled devices, it also means that more information about you is now available to the public – consumers, businesses and fraudsters alike.   Continue reading