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The Password Is ‘Password’: Steps Everyone Should Take for Cybersecurity

June 18, 2020

Most jobs involve computers or other electronics in some way. Even jobs that just a few years ago were strictly analogue have been digitized. With working from home proving feasible in many industries, developing cybersecurity processes and policies is more important than ever for all businesses.

It is nearly impossible to go an entire day in any workplace without using the Internet, smartphones, and computers. This means that just about everyone is at risk of a cyberattack that could cripple their business, and in some cases lead to significant legal penalties.

Because everyone is at risk, everyone is also responsible for information security, also known as cybersecurity. Maintaining perfect security is never possible, but every organization and every employee can take some basic steps to eliminate the most common vulnerabilities. Attacks are usually based on perceived ease of access, so the harder you make it to attack you, the less likely someone is to try.

As attacks on technological infrastructure have become more prevalent, legislators and regulators have imposed strict responsibilities on organizations to maintain appropriate safeguards for data under their control. The wealth of medical, financial, and personal information that some organizations maintain about their patients, clients, or patrons is often all too tempting a target for hackers, and failing to take adequate steps can ruin a business, even if there are no specific legal consequences. While legislation generally explains that organizations must have plans and programs for safeguarding information, there is often a lack of detail regarding exactly what those plans and programs should look like.

Phishing attempts are a more common type of hack where hackers attempt to collect personal information or deliver a malicious attack through fraudulent websites, texts, or e-mails. You’ve probably seen them before; they might look something like this:

A Phishing Email

Some phishing attempts can be very convincing, so employees must be skeptical when they receive an unexpected e-mail and know how to spot common tricks. In our featured training course, we do exactly that – provide your employees with the tactics and tools to help them develop the skepticism needed to identify these threats.

Watch this trailer for our new animated
cybersecurity training, designed to teach employees about commonly accepted best practices:

Training is just part of the bigger cybersecurity picture as there are other ways hackers attempt to get your organization’s information. Most of them are beyond the average user’s control and would fall under the IT department’s responsibility. All employees, though, must do their part by following guidelines set by IT for using virtual private networks (VPNs), updating passwords, using personal devices, and so on.

Even if you don’t think of your organization as being involved in technology, chances are good you still have some vulnerable data or systems that need protection. Download our FREE Cybersecurity 101 Guide for the basic aspects you should continually monitor to help protect your organization from potential threats.