Celebrating National Cybersecurity Month With Helpful Tips
October: you’re probably familiar with this month for its ghouls and ghosts, jack-o-lanterns, and trick-or-treating. As leaves fall and hay rides occur, spook enters full swing. But the scariest thing of all? The threat to your cybersecurity. Unlike Halloween, online security breaches happen year-round, and it can be hard to identify potential threats because cyber attackers don’t knock on your door in costumes. Check out BizHaus’ essential tips for protecting your online information this fall.
What is Cybersecurity?
The protection of networks, programs, and systems from unauthorized users and digital attacks is known as cybersecurity. Businesses and organizations are affected by cyber attacks daily. The motivation behind why cyber attackers breach information varies. Many attack for financial purposes, seeking ransom. Others do it for political reasons, revenge, and more. It is important for businesses and organizations to put cybersecurity into practice by protecting their information, securing their networks, and educating those in their workspace.
Types of Cyber Threats
Unfortunately, there are many types of cyber threats that can breach your security. Some include phishing, malware, and botnets. Phishing occurs when a person poses as a legitimate company or business to gain access to sensitive data like banking information, social security, etc. This is usually done through email or by phone. Malware is software that damages your computer. It threatens sensitive data and can allow cyberattackers to take control and monitor computer activity. Some forms of malware are computer viruses, worms, and Trojans. Botnets are developed when malware infects connected devices. Bot herders then control the computers as a botnet.
Protect Your Information
To avoid cyber threats in the workplace, it’s important to protect your information as well as sensitive data. If you receive an email or link from an unknown sender, do not open it. Cyber attackers can use emails that may look valid when in reality they are not. They can then access things like your email account, social platforms, banking information, and more. It is also wise to not save your passwords on your device as well as save credit card information. If you receive a suspicious email or notice unusual activity, report it or inform someone in your tech department. Businesses and organizations should have antivirus and malware detection, and should be regularly running system checks. If you have confidential files, you should try to store them offline as well as on an external hard drive.
Secure Your Network
Keep hackers out by securing your network. A workplace environment should have a Wi-Fi network that is secure. These should also be encrypted and hidden. A network security system like a firewall should be utilized in office spaces as well as in the homes of the employees. Employees should create strong passwords. These passwords should contain at least 10 characters and include capital and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols. Businesses and organizations can also use multi-factor authentication to be more secure against data breaches.
Educate Your Fellow Employees
Cyber crimes and threats can affect anyone, but they can be prevented by practicing cybersecurity. By taking the proper steps to protect your information and secure your network at work, you’ll be less at risk for cyber attacks. Communicate with your business or organization to stress the importance of safe online behavior during National Cybersecurity Month. BizHaus is proud to offer flexible offices and workplace options with a secure Wi-Fi network. Your safety while on the Internet is important to us as you build and grow your business.