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In 2019, the U.S. business sector had a 17% increase in data breaches. Those cybercriminals rely on human error to gain access to systems — such as employees failing to install software patches, or clicking on malicious links.

  1. TREAT BUSINESS INFORMATION AS PERSONAL INFORMATION.

Many consider trade secrets and company credit accounts as proprietary data, however, it also includes employee personally identifiable information (PII) that is taken from tax forms and payroll accounts. DO NOT share PII with unknown parties or over unsecured networks.

  1. DON’T MAKE PASSWORDS EASY TO GUESS.

Security measures only work if used correctly by employees. All Smart technology (smartphones, laptop computers, wireless printers, etc.) run on data, increasing their chances of a data breach. Take proper security precautions to ensure and correct configuration to Smart technology in order to prevent data breaches.

  1. BE UP TO DATE.

Turn on automatic updates for your security software for the latest versions available, and for your security software to run regular scans, so you don’t have to worry about it.

  1. SOCIAL MEDIA IS PART OF THE FRAUD TOOLSET.

Simply by scanning your organization’s social media sites, cybercriminals can gather information about your organization’s human resources and financial departments. Employees should avoid conducting official business, exchanging payment, or sharing PII on social media platforms.

  1. IT ONLY TAKES ONE TIME.

Data breaches can be traced back to a single security vulnerability or instance of accidental exposure. Be wary of unusual sources, do not click on unknown links, and delete suspicious emails.

We hope these tips and tricks help secure your business from cyber threats, and help you to plan for the future. 

For more information about how you can Do Your Part to #BeCyberSmart, visit www.cisa.gov/ncsam

Author: Press Release