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ONLINE SAFETY: It’s Everyone’s Job To Ensure Online Safety At Work
The lines between our work and daily lives are becoming increasingly blurred, and it is more important than ever to be certain that smart cybersecurity practices carry over between the two. When you are on the job – whether it’s at a corporate office, local restaurant, healthcare provider, academic institution or government agency –‒ your organization’s online security is a shared responsibility.
A culture of cybersecurity in your organization includes all employees knowing how to protect themselves and the business from online threats.
HERE ARE SOME QUICK WINS THAT CAN MAKE YOU SAFER AND MORE SECURE AT WORK AND HOME
Keep a Clean Machine
Having the latest security software, web browser, appsApps Applications or Apps An application (software), commonly referred to as an ‘app’ is a program on a computer, tablet, mobile phone or device. Apps are designed for specific tasks, including checking the weather, accessing the internet, looking at photos, playing media, mobile banking, etc. Many apps can access the internet if needed and can be downloaded (used) either for a price or for free. Apps are a major point of vulnerability on all devices. Some are designed to be malicious, such as logging keystrokes or activity, and others can even transport malware. Always be careful about any app you are thinking about installing. and operating system is the best defense against viruses, malwareMalware Short for "malicious software," this term means computer viruses and other types of programs that cybercriminals use to disrupt or access your computer, typically with the aim of gathering sensitive files and accounts. and other online threats. Remember, mobile phones, point of sale systems and tablets need updating too!
Lock Down Your Login
Enable the strongest authentication tools available for your online business accounts, such as biometricsBiometrics Physical Biometrics is the use of distinctive, measurable physiological characteristics to verify an individual’s identity. Physical biometrics includes techniques such as retinal scans, fingerprints and voice prints. or a unique one-time code through an app on your mobile device. This security feature is also available on personal accounts such as email, bank and social media.
Back It Up
Put in place a system – either in the cloud or via separate hard drive storage – that makes electronic copies of the vital business information on a regular basis. At home, make regular backups of all your important docs, files and photos.
Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)
Now more than ever, employees are using their personal smart devices – such as PCs and smartphones – for work purposes. It’s important to consider where sensitive company, customer and/or employee data is being accessed and implement a policy to BYOD use.
When in Doubt, Throw it Out
Whether at work or in their personal lives, employees should know not to open suspicious links in email, tweets, posts, online ads, messages or attachments – even if they know the source.
Cybersecurity in the Workplace
is Everyone’s Business It’s not just the job of IT staff or business owner to ensure online safety at work. Creating a culture of cybersecurity includes ALL employees knowing how to protect themselves and the organization and understanding the cyber risks as the business grows or adds new technologies or functions.
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RESOURCES FOR KEEPING YOUR BUSINESS SECURE ONLINE
CyberSecure My Business™ – A nationwide program from the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) helping small and medium-sized businesses learn to be safer and more secure online: staysafeonline.org/cybersecure-business
National Institute of Standards and Technology Cybersecurity Framework – Standards, guidelines and best practices to manage cybersecurity-related risk: nist.gov/cyberframework
Federal Trade Commission’s Small Business Resources – Videos, free bulk order resources, blog posts, email notifications and more to help you avoid scamsScams A Scam is a confidence trick - a crime - is an attempt to defraud a person or group after first gaining their trust through deception. Scams or confidence tricks exploit victims using their credulity, naïveté, compassion, vanity, irresponsibility, or greed and exploiting that. Researchers have defined confidence tricks as "a distinctive species of fraudulent conduct ... intending to further voluntary exchanges that are not mutually beneficial", as they "benefit con operators ('con men' - criminals) at the expense of their victims (the 'marks')". A scam is a crime even if no money was lost., protect your computers and networks and keep your customers’ data safe: ftc.gov/about-ftc/bureaus-offices/bureauconsumer-protection/small-businesses
United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) Resources for Small Business – Specially designed to help SMBs recognize and address their cybersecurity risks: us-cert.gov/ccubedvp/smb
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It is essential that law enforcement knows about scams & scammers, even though there is nothing (in most cases) that they can do.
Always report scams involving money lost or where you received money to:
- Local Police – ask them to take an “informational” police report – say you need it for your insurance
- Your National Police or FBIFBI FBI - Federal Bureau of Investigation The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is the domestic intelligence and security service of the United States and its principal federal law enforcement agency. Operating under the jurisdiction of the United States Department of Justice, the FBI is also a member of the U.S. Intelligence Community and reports to both the Attorney General and the Director of National Intelligence. A leading U.S. counter-terrorism, counterintelligence, and criminal investigative organization, the FBI has jurisdiction over violations of more than 200 categories of federal crimes, including financial fraud. (www.IC3.gov)
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