As many of you know, October is National Cyber Security Month, which focuses on raising awareness about the importance of cyber security to ensure that end-users have the resources needed to be safer and more secure online. This year has been an exceptional time and our awareness should be elevated even more with the number of individuals working from home, children in virtual school, colleges conducting most classes virtually, and the expanse of online transactions. Along with Cyber Security in the workplace, this year we also have the opportunity to elevate the conversation of cyber hygiene with our remote coworkers, our kids, and those sharing our households.
Proven Compliance Solutions Inc. (PCS) encourages professionals to take the time to read an extra article, share tips and tricks on creating and remembering strong passwords, and to take advantage of the excellent resources available from the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), SANS, NIST, and others.
Below is a summarized example of some basic tips to Protect Your Digital Home offered by CISA:
- Secure your Wi-Fi Network. Your home’s wireless router is the primary entrance for cybercriminals to access all of your connected devices. Secure your Wi-Fi network and your digital devices by changing the factory-set default password and username.
- Double your login protection. Enable multi-factor authentication (MFA) to ensure that the only person who has access to your account is you. Use it for email, banking, social media, and any other service that requires logging in.
- If you connect, you must protect. Whether it’s your computer, smartphone, game device, or other network devices, the best defense is to stay on top of things by updating to the latest security software, web browser, and operating systems. Turn on automatic updates to defend against the latest risks. Make sure your device’s security software scans for viruses and malware when connecting a device. Protect your devices with antivirus software and periodically back up any data that cannot be recreated.
- Keep tabs on your apps. Most connected appliances, toys, and devices are supported by a mobile application. Your mobile device could be filled with suspicious apps running in the background or using default permissions you never realized you approved – gathering your personal information without your knowledge while also putting your identity and privacy at risk.
- Never click and tell. Limit what information you post on social media – from personal addresses to where you like to grab coffee. What many people don’t realize is that these seemingly random details are all that criminals need to know to target you, your loved ones, and your physical belongings. Keep Social Security numbers, account numbers, and passwords private, as well as specific information about yourself. Disable location services that allow anyone to see where you are and where you aren’t at any given time.
Practicing good cyber security habits will go a long way in reducing security risks and protecting your information.
PCS provides NERC Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) Reliability Standards consulting services for the Electric Utility Industry and has provided cyber security expertise since 2010. For more information on how we can assist your organization with its NERC compliance needs, contact Dale Zahn at firstname.lastname@example.org or (262) 436-4116. To learn more about Proven Compliance Solutions Inc., visit our website at www.provencompliance.com.