We are thrilled to introduce our guest writer this week. Brian Edelman, CEO of Financial Computer Services (a data security company with more that 20 years of experience), is a nationally recognized technology advisor who specializes in both financial services and technology. Making him uniquely qualified to advise on the risks of data security breaches and how to prevent them.
It only takes a single infected computer to potentially infect thousands and perhaps millions of others- Cybersecurity, A Shared Responsibility.
Cybersecurity has emerged as a top Priority for the Department of Homeland Security, we now live in a world that is more connected than ever before and as technology advances, our lives become easier. However, as people become more reliant on modern technology, we bring an increased risk that threatens our finances, identity, and privacy.
Cyber exploits such as corporate security breaches, social media fraud, and spear phishing- which targets employees through emails that appear to be from colleagues, allowing cyber criminals to steal personal and business information. No Country, industry, community, or individual is immune to cyber risks and since our way of life depends on infrastructure and the digital technology that operates it, cyber security is one of our country’s most important national security priorities, and we each have a role to play – cyber security is a shared responsibility. And, recognizing the importance of cyber security in our nation, President Obama designated October as National Cybersecurity Awareness Month.
Many people believe they know their way around the digital world, everything from paying bills to phone calls to distant relatives can now be done online. People store their most important documents, photos, and financial information electronically. Yet while people may be cyber savvy, they may not be cyber secure. And as it turns out, we are only as protected as the weakest link in our network, so if you don’t take precautions, you’re not just endangering yourself. You are also impacting your friends, family, and colleagues.
Below are Steps you can take to ensure you are safe online:
- Protect you personal Information by installing Encryption on your computer and managing who can view documents and files.
- Create Complex and lengthy passwords, or another alternative is Two Factor Authentication.
- Don’t use public networks.
- Manage your security software, operating system, and browser updates.
- Conduct transactions only on secure site. Look up shttp or https in the URL.
- Use Secure Messaging when sending or retrieving personal information.
- Use privacy, safety, and other settings on social networks.
- Backup important information regularly.
- Physically protect your computer, too. If you wouldn’t leave your credit card unattended in a public location, you shouldn’t leave your computer either.
- Report cyber crimes
Remember it is our shared responsibility to stay cyber secure.
During October, the Department of Homeland Security and partners are holding various events and outreach efforts across the country to raise awareness and educate on topics including mobile device security, growing the cyber workforce, combating cyber crime, and more. Financial Computer will also be taking part this month in sending newsletters with weekly topics that coincide with the Stop.Think.Connect campaign.
Below are links where you can find more information on how to stay safe:
By Brian Edelman, CEO, Financial Computer
*Article originally shared on the Financial Computer blog.
Ebix would like to thank Brian for sharing his time and unrivaled expertise with our readers. If you would like more information on what you can do to protect your business and your clients, reach out to Financial Computer and see what steps you can take to ensure your data is secure.