4 Rules for Maintaining Cyber Security

Most us use a computer multiple times daily. From the office to home to mobile phones virtually anywhere. This means that you need to be aware of cyber security regarding in all those situations. It is important for all walks of computer and data use. And because your information is stored in accounts you control, you need to be aware even when you are not using any of those technologies.

It seems that as time goes on, more and more data breaches happen. In the last year Equifax, Facebook and many more have had major data breaches - and they don’t seem like they are slowing down. While it is impossible to prevent these situations from happening entirely, you can (and should) take steps to make yourself and your information more secure.

To put it in perspective, check out this article likening cyber security danger to the Scoville Heat Scale.

People are becoming more and more reliant on being digital, and regardless of career, need to be aware of keeping up on security. This goes for companies and personal lives. Use these 4 methods to safeguard your system and maintain control.

Enforce password rules

Secure passwords are always the first line of defense. It is the easiest to maintain and is something every user can do themselves. Make password rules and enforce them. Companies and organizations often have password rules setup for security, but if they aren’t enforced those rules are meaningless.

Update regularly

Software and Operating Systems have updates for a reason. While most of these are to increase functionality and fix bugs, many times there are also patches for the latest security risks. A lot of people do nothing but figure out what needs to be fixed, and how to best fix those issues – take advantage of it! Updates will help you decrease your vulnerability to security issues and should be factored in to all computer maintenance.

Use VPNs

Giving employees the ability to work remotely often works out in the best interest for the company and the employee. However, usually that means they are connected to a network the company cannot manage, creating a potentially serious security risk. Use a virtual private network (VPN) to keep control over the data sent and received between the network and employees’ computers. This is especially important if they are connected to a public WiFi service.

Invest in your Employees

A company is only as strong as its employees and arming them with knowledge will always be your best bet. We cannot stress enough the importance of being educated on security. While this may seem like a daunting task, having a set of rules to follow for security will always help your company and even your home. Make sure people know what a strong password is and why it is important. Go over how to spot bad emails or websites and why clicking on them can be potentially dangerous to the network.

Security threats are all around us and most often we are unaware until it is too late. Put guidelines in place so employees know how to handle a security risk and know who to alert. Being proactive will absolutely save time and money compared to putting out the fires of a breach. Life as we know it is going to keep getting more and more digital. Protecting that information as much as possible is and will continue to be something of critical importance.

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