7 Cybersecurity Tips

1. DDoS is Always a Threat

Everybody is vulnerable to a DDoS attack. A successful attack will take your services offline, immediately affecting your reputation and revenue. If your customers cannot connect with your service, will they retry or are they going to your competition?  Consider employing cloud-based anti-DDoS solutions so you won’t have to find out.
 

2. Change Your Passwords Often

Staying with the same password for an extended period of time makes it easier for hackers. At the very least, change your password every 90 days. If you access sensitive data or are a system administrator, consider changing your password more often as 90 days is too long.
 

3. Be Complex

Passwords should be complex enough to stop any hacker. While many companies require at least 12 characters, a decent password has at least eight. The password should also include a combination of at least three of these categories:

  • lowercase letter

  • capital letter

  • number

  • special character
     

4. Knowledge is Power

Educate your team. Social engineering is still the number one threat in cybersecurity. A culture focused on continual employee education can combat threats like phishing, whaling, and other social engineering based attacks.
 

5. Back Up Your Data

Backups and snapshots are an integral part of any security plan. If afflicted with ransomware there is only one solution, loading a backup.
 

6. Invest in Protection

Do you have end point protection, and is it up to date? Make sure your anti-virus and anti-malware are on every PC, server, and virtual machine on the network.
 

7. Stay Up To Date

Update all your firewalls and software to the current version. If any devices connected to the network are not updated, then force an update. Also, consider Next Generation Firewalls (NGFW) to keep even more malicious data out.

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using hotspots or wifi when traveling....

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Public Wi-Fi networks can now be found almost everywhere and make it easy for anyone to connect to the Internet no matter where they are. These networks can be very convenient and offer many benefits for travelers, however, they do come with risks. Many public Wi-Fi networks are not secure, exposing you to online risks and presenting an opportunity for attackers to steal sensitive information.

The Stop.Think.Connect. Campaign recommends following these simple tips, when you are using public Wi-Fi networks:


Think before you connect. Before you connect to any public wireless hotspot – like on an airplane or in an airport, hotel, or café – be sure to confirm the name of the network and login procedures with appropriate staff to ensure that the network is legitimate. Cyber criminals can easily create a similarly-named network hoping that users will overlook which network is the legitimate one. Additionally, most hotspots are not secure and do not encrypt the information you send over the Internet, leaving it vulnerable to online criminals.


•Avoid conducting sensitive activities. Avoid online shopping, banking, and sensitive work that requires passwords or credit card information while using public Wi-Fi. In addition, enable two-factor authentication on all sensitive accounts to add a second layer of security beyond just the password.


•Use your mobile network connection. Your own mobile network connection, also known as your wireless hotspot, is generally more secure than using a public wireless network. Use this feature if you have it included in your mobile plan.


•Keep software up to date. Install updates for apps and your device’s operating system as soon as they are available. Updates include patches and other fixes to strengthen the security of the apps and devices you own. Keeping the software on your mobile device up to date will prevent criminals from being able to take advantage of known vulnerabilities.

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