Cyber Security Tips
These are important steps to protect your computer network against a cyber-attack:
- “Whitelist” the applications allowed on your system. Do not allow employees to install any application they choose.
- Keep your operating system and software applications up-to-date.
- Implement basic security measures for your email such as multi-factor authentication, email authentication processes (SPF, DKIM and DMARC).
- Restrict administrator rights to only those who need them.
Other Best Practices:
- Educate all users about internet safety and cyber risks, and institute a training program that reminds employees the importance of cyber awareness.
- If you receive an email from a familiar address, but you were not expecting anything, you should contact the sender before opening the attachment. Never open attachments unless you know the contents of the file.
- If you receive an attachment and you do not recognize the sender, you should delete the message.
- Avoid clicking on links inside of emails.
- Any request for information should be suspect, even if it appears to come from a friend, colleague, or a company you do business with.
- Use privacy settings and limit the amount of personal information you post online.
- Create secure backups of important data on a regular basis.
- Use caution using removable media like USB drives. They are popular for storing and transporting files from one computer to another. However, these same characteristics make them appealing to attackers.
- The second leading type of claim is funds transfer fraud, so it is important to have a wire transfer dual control process.