Cybersecurity Protocols- It happens to all too many tech professionals at some point. Someone clicks, views or opens something that causes a virus to take over their computer. Or a team member chooses a poor password that makes it easy for their email to be hacked into. Power Consulting
Such situations can be avoided, however, if you make it a priority to educate associates at your company about good practices for keeping digital properties safe. Ten members of Forbes Technology Council share some of the easiest protocols team members can follow to help keep their company protected from cybersecurity breaches.
1. Employing Password Management And Two-Factor Authentication
First, you should use a password manager, like 1Password, that will let you set strong and unique passwords across different personal and corporate accounts, from both mobile and desktops/laptops. Second, you should turn on multi-factor or two-factor authentication for all your accounts that support it, starting with your mail. – Gaurav Banga, Balbix
2. Encouraging Email Vigilance
Password policies, multi-factor authentication, encryption, patching and restricting public Wi-Fi usage are all valid measures that should be implemented. However, the weakest links are always behavioral. Keep email users trained to look for suspicious requests, attachments, links and forged sender identities. Remember that tricking people does not require highly technical hacking skills. – Steve Pao, Hillwork, LLC
3. Raising Awareness Of Phishing
Every employee needs to be aware of what they’re clicking. All should know how to check the sender of an email and to look at any URL or attachment before clicking, and they should notify IT/Security when they find something suspicious. People love to click, but they need to look before they leap. – Alan Ross, Cybraics
4. Utilizing Password Generation Services
Plenty of websites offer strong password generation for free, which might be tedious to remember or store, but is necessary. The company’s name as password entry to a computer is not enough when your clients put their trust in you. Most documents can be password protected as well, adding an extra step for would-be hackers to cause a security breach. – Arnie Gordon, Arlyn Scales
5. Making Better Decisions
We’re focused more on human nature than software patches. The biggest cybersecurity holes are created by employees and human beings rather than systems and encryption. We educate employees on social engineering and tactics used to exploit their human nature. By focusing attention on decision making, we find people are less likely to rely on computers to protect them from foolish human errors. They think. – Tom Roberto, Core Technology Solutions
6. Avoiding Personal Devices For Work
7. Using A VPN
Whenever our employees access our systems from outside our facility, they must do so through a virtual private network, or VPN. A VPN encrypts everything that passes through, improving cybersecurity. This administrative protocol is in place for our staff, and this policy ensures that all employees access via an encrypted channel. – Marty Puranik,Atlantic.Net, Inc.