Municipalities are a cybercriminal’s dream. They’re packed full of confidential information on residents and employees, offering a digital buffet of social security numbers, banking information, addresses, and more. Plus, a well-placed piece of malware in a municipal system can cause ultimate chaos - think failing traffic lights, downed payment systems, and a total disruption of city services.
Over the past few years, hackers have found ways to use social media for fraud. Does this mean you should stop using social media for personal and business purposes? Absolutely not. The key is to be smart about your online practices. Cybersecurity is important across all parts of your daily life – from banking to personal email and social media.
At the most basic level, a phishing scam involves sending fraudulent emails that appear to be from a reputable person or company, with the goal of deceiving recipients into either clicking on a malicious link or downloading an infected attachment, usually to steal financial or confidential information.
Did you know that 95% of breaches involve employee error? Your employees are both your greatest asset and biggest downfall. And right now, hackers are becoming more sophisticated and finding new ways to infiltrate your network through unsuspecting employees.
Whether it's ransomware or a flood, unexpected catastrophes happen. Instead of being reactive to an accident, prepare yourself and business for when it happens. The only way to ensure that your business can be back up and running fast is with a carefully constructed backup and disaster recovery plan.
Do your employees access company data on mobile devices? According to Sprint Business, 25% of lost or stolen devices end up in a security breach. Even worse, only 43% of staff report that their device is missing on the day it goes missing. That's more than enough time for someone to hack the device and steal company data.
Asset management is often overlooked by businesses because they don't feel it's important. People will use desktops and laptops until the very end, no matter the age of the equipment. While the computer itself doesn't get slower, the demands we put on it get higher leading to the slowness we all detest.
The Act requires companies to provide Alabama residents with notification of a breach within 45 days of discovery. Notification is triggered by a determination of a breach that poses a risk of harm to impacted individuals.
When it comes to patch management, many people think they've got it covered and that their network is safe. Unfortunately, this is not the case. Windows doesn't do a great job of updating patches and lots of things get missed. Plus, employees push off updating their computer because of the time it takes to do it.
Phillip Long, local security expert and CEO of BIS Technology Group, discusses the basics of desktop security protection in his fifth installment of the Defense-in-Depth video series. As you'll find in the video, there's more to anti-virus and desktop security than blocking viruses as they aren't the only threat to your business.