DIG this week's cyber tip


THE DIG TEAM WISHES

YOU A SECURE NEW YEAR!



1. Security Training

Your employees are your first line of defense for cyber threats. Start building a strong security culture by requiring employees to complete security training to recognize and mitigate various cyber threats.



2. Phish recognition and prevention

One way cybercriminals get access to organizations is through phishing emails. Your employees should know how to spot a phishing attempt and report the suspected attempt to your IT Support to combat phishing.


3. Institute strong password policies

Every cybersecurity list contains a suggestion to increase security requirements around passwords for a reason. Users are still using short, easy-to-guess passwords. To better protect

your organization, create (and enforce) a password policy that requires long, strong passwords to be changed regularly. Better yet, make the use of a password manager mandatory for your employees.


4. Multifactor Authentication

Strong passwords help deter cybercriminals, but they can still be broken. To further prevent access to your organization’s accounts, always enable multi-factor authentication. Users must confirm their identity through this method by providing extra information (e.g., a phone number, unique security code) when attempting to access corporate applications, networks, and servers.


5. Incident Response Plan

You have valuable information to protect and have measures in place to do just that. What if the worst happens despite your efforts and your organization experiences a cyber incident? Do all your employees know what to do? An Incident Response plan provides clear steps for companies to follow. Hopefully, it is one plan you will never need to use but will be in place just in case you do.


In 2022, prioritize cybersecurity and keep ahead of cybercrime by instituting the resolutions above. Setting up a new cybersecurity standard for your organization doesn’t have to cost a fortune in time or money, but ignoring it is liable to cost plenty of both.


If you have questions or need help with your cybersecurity resolutions, contact the DIG or DIS to help.


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