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Stay Protected with Cybersecurity for your Business, Home, and Personal Life.

In today’s world, cybersecurity is becoming more commonly known about but not fully understood. We understand that we need to protect our data but find ourselves lost along the way of doing so. Just as we protect our personal belongings with locks and alarms, we must apply the same principles to our data and technology. Cyber-attacks can appear in multiple avenues and we must make sure we are able to detect them and protect against each of them.

Cybersecurity applies to businesses and anyone with digital devices. We constantly carry digital devices, like our laptops and cell phones, that hold our most valuable data. Regardless if you are tech savvy or not, your data is at risk and you need to understand how to best protect it. Cybersecurity can be a complex topic, but to start it helps to know the basics to so that we can protect our data from cyber-attacks.

Why cybersecurity is important to everyone?

Successful cybersecurity takes a particular approach, usually consisting of multiple layers of protection covering computers, networks, programs, and data. Users should understand and implement basic data security principles, such as choosing strong passwords, being wary of malicious links and attachments in email, and making sure to back up data. There is an urgent need to give individuals and businesses the tools to protect against cyber-attacks.

Cyber-attacks generally have a motive behind them. There is usually a malicious intent or just for fun scenario. The malicious attack may cause harm to the system, ask for a monetary payout, or steal your data for several different uses.  

  • The 4 Most Common Cyber Attacks:
  1. Phishing, being very easy to implement, is one of the most dispersed cyber-attacks. Phishing can occur via email, social media, or other online methods. It simply tries to get people to click on a link or download something that will reveal personal information.
  2. Malware, simply put, is malicious software that disguises itself to look like legitimate software. Its purpose is to infiltrate a device or network to extract data or disable a system.
  3. Brute Force Attacks allow hackers to use this method to guess login credentials based off of popular or weak passwords. They also use credentials that have been stolen in previous data breaches.
  4. Eavesdropping Attacks occur when hackers intercept the data on a network connection. Any data sent over the network, like credit cards, passwords, and other personal data, can be compromised by hackers stealing the information as it comes through.

Businesses, homes, and our personal security are at risk from cyberattacks. Continue reading to see how you can minimize and mitigate the risk.

Protecting the Workplace

Cyber-attacks have intensified making it necessary to adopt a cybersecurity plan to protect against cyber-threats. A cybersecurity plan for businesses should help keep the employees and owners aware of how they can contribute to keeping the business safe. The human element is usually the weakest link in the cybersecurity chain.

These tips can help minimize the risk of cyber-attacks and breaches:

  • Carefully read and reply to emails where you can validate the content and the sender. Avoid clicking on suspicious links, downloading unknown files, and giving out personal information
  • Create and follow a password policy that requires strong passwords that frequently need to be changed. Also enable multi-factor authentication to validate login credentials.
  • Make sure devices used for work have the proper security protection like firewalls and antivirus to detect and prevent attacks at first sight. Constantly update security protection to protect against any upcoming and new attacks.
  • Consult with the IT team on best cybersecurity practices. If your IT team is not up to date on cybersecurity principles, bring in a cybersecurity consultant that can instill cybersecurity procedures

Protecting the Home

When we think of protecting our home, we think of locking the door and having a security system with surveillance options. That may protect the home in one way but protecting the devices on the home networks is vital as well. With the constant need to have devices connected to our home networks, we must make sure our cybersecurity at home is top notch.

We can do so by following these tips:

  • Encrypt the data on your network. Implement a VPN on the home router.
  • Install firewall and virus protection to protect unwanted intruders from your network.
  • Change the default passwords on any devices connected to the internet
  • Create a secondary network for all your smart devices, separate from the network connected to your mobile phone, tablet, or computer devices.

Protecting Personal Security

Cybersecurity principles apply no matter where we are or what we are doing with our data. We carry around multiple devices that have access to important data and are always connected. We must do our due diligence to keep these devices secure and protect the data assessing how secure they are.

Follow these tips to protect your personal devices and data:

  • Verify the validity of software or applications before downloading
  • Regularly update your apps and software to stay up to date on any security issues
  • Use security programs like antivirus, email encryption software, and a password manager
  • Use passwords wherever possible, make sure they are unique and hidden in a secure location
  • Set up multi-factor authentication for an extra layer of security
  • If biometric security options are available, set those up as they are unique to you

Technology continues to evolve, becoming more involved in the gathering and spreading of information. Preserving the security and confidentiality of this information is the priority of cybersecurity. This allows people to continue to use these devices and application to improve daily functions for personal and business use. RB Advisory strives to protect you and/or your business to the full extent. We provide cybersecurity, compliance, and risk management services to businesses of all sizes. Don’t let your business become the next statistic, get your cybersecurity plan implemented now!

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