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Importance of Cyber Awareness Training?

Does your business have employees? If so, your company should educate your employees on how to reduce the risk of Cyber Breaches.

This may have you thinking – Why do I need to educate my employees on how to reduce Cyber Breaches? Because, hackers drive off of human error and employee negligence leading the main cause of data breaches.

In 2017, data breaches cost companies an average of $3.6 million globally, according to a report from the Ponemon Institute. For smaller businesses especially, that price tag could wipe out the entire firm or tarnish the company’s image.

What are some topics I need to train my employees on?

Basic Habits – Many of the most dangerous offenses by employees are things that they might not even think about as risky behavior. In recent reports, a surprising number of workers surveyed admitted to bad security behavior at work; over 25 percent said that they leave their computer unlocked and unattended. Even taking notes on paper, or leaving papers out on your desk, can have unintended consequences.

Remote Work – Working from a coffee shop or home is nice and convenient, but it could also be opening your company up to a dangerous data breach. Remote work is increasing. Over half of hiring managers agree that remote work is more common and a third think it is the future of work. This can be dangerous if not trained properly because, Cyber Security practices have not yet caught up. A majority of executives agree that the risk of a data breach is higher when an employee works remotely, yet few businesses have comprehensive off-site policies in place for those workers. Over half of small business owners said they have no policy for remote workers.

What are some quick tips on implementing a secure landscape for my business?
  1. Frequently Train your Employees
    1. Phishing Scams / Email
    2. Malware Awareness
    3. Password Security
    4. Social Engineering
    5. Mobile Security
    6. Travel Security
  2. Secure Physical Access to Information
  3. Dispose of Old Hard Drives Properly
  4. Update the Workplace Policies
  5. Update Remote Work Policies
  6. Understand & Educate the Correct Flow of Information
  7. Upgrade your IT Infrastructure
  8. Heavy Communication

The above listed – is a start to a safer and more secure business for your employees, clients, and entire organization.

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SecurityRI Cyber Trends

Cyber Security Trends to Watch in 2019

Another year has passed, technology has evolved and new techniques have been learned – especially for the Cyber-Thieves.

With the use of artificial intelligence (AI) and biopmetrics, hackers are using the two platforms as entry points when entering your technology device. Below we’ll highlight some of the expected threats in 2019, to be aware of.

  1. Phishing Scams Will Become More Popular

If you think phishing scams were bad last year, 2019 will develop greatly. New attack types have been created, improved execution – especially, via e-mail.

Phishing Sams

3. Slight Decrease in Crypto Currency Attacks

In the face of huge commissions, slow transfers, a large price for integration, and, most importantly, a small number of customers, the use of crypto currency as a method of payment has declined steadily from 2017 and will continue to decline in 2019.

Crypto

2. Improved Execution of Existing Attacks

In 2018, cyber attacks and data breaches continued to increase in both frequency and intensity, and organizations can expect more of the same in 2019, according to experts. The biggest cyber security event of 2018 is probably just the sheer number of data breaches that have occurred across industry sectors, some utilizing advanced attacks, others as a result of mistakes made by the affected organizations.

Data Breach

4. Mobile, in-app Malware

While malware that runs on the Windows operating system vastly outnumbers malware for any other platform, users of mobile devices are increasingly subject to malicious activity that pushes malware apps to their phones, tablets, or other devices running Android and iOS, according to computer network security company Sophos’ 2019 Threat Report.

Malware

5. Attacks through Theft of AI & Biometric Data

While several major leaks of biometric data have already occurred globally, the Middle East and Africa regions could see the first attacks in the theft and use of biometric data in 2019. As more biometric systems for user identification and authentication are being implemented by various financial institutions in META (Middle East, Turkey and Africa), 2019 will see criminals exposing vulnerabilities in passcodes, touch ID sensors and facial recognition.

Bio Hacks

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Cyber Tips for the Holidays

TOP 7 Cyber Security Tips For The Holidays

With the holidays approaching many busy Americans will be purchasing items and gifts online. The rise in activity will gear up the cyber thieves as well. Thieves will be targeting the vulnerable customers with their latest scams.

Even if you’re careful, internet shoppers will be exposing their personal information more frequently, which raises the scamming risk. Therefore, no better time than now to take a few moments and confirm you’re doing all you can do to protect your information and preventing cyber-crime.

Below we will highlight 7 Cyber Security Tips to Help Reduce Your RISK:

  1. Don’t Reuse Passwords

Despite security expert’s advice to NEVER reuse the same username and password across multiple websites, according to a 2017 Consumer Mobile Security App Use study by Keeper Security, a staggering number of people admitted to doing just that.

Respondents ages 18-30 stated they reuse passwords 87% of the time, while respondents ages 31+ reuse passwords 81% of the time. There’s no doubt remembering passwords is tedious, but taking this “short cut” can significantly make it easier for cyber criminals to access your accounts.

To make matters worse, if you use the same username, a hacker can simply guess your password and search or enter your username into popular online websites to get access to your accounts.

2. The Safe Way to Remember Passwords

There’s a lot of debate when it comes to password security and what actually qualifies as a secure password, but one thing is for sure – it’s not a good idea to save passwords in your browser. If your computer was compromised and all passwords were stored in your browser, hackers could easily gain access to all your accounts. As an alternative, consider using a secure password manager like LastPass or Roboform instead.

3. Use Secure Passwords

Whenever possible, use 2-step verification, which is often seen on popular websites like Facebook and Gmail when you’re prompted to enter your phone number in addition to your password. Mobile devices and some laptops offer 2-step verification in the form of fingerprint identification as well.

4. Update Social Media Privacy Settings

It’s a common mistake to assume your privacy settings will remain intact across social media profiles. In reality, social media networks can perform updates that suddenly make your profile public. This presents an opportunity for cyber criminals to gather data from your social profiles and use that information to gain access to your other accounts. For this reason, it’s a good idea to get into the habit of checking your social profile privacy settings once a month and Googling your name to see what your profiles look like to the public.

5. Close Down Old Accounts

While reviewing privacy settings across your social accounts, consider closing down old accounts you no longer use. In addition, you can disconnect old apps you’ve previously connected to your Google account. The more “connected” your Google account is to apps, the more likely it is that some of your information is being shared with unknown parties you might not be aware of.

6. Engage in Safe Online Shopping

If you plan to do some online shopping this season, consider creating a free email address via Gmail or Yahoo for online shopping sites specifically.

This allows you to keep your primary email address separate in the event your email is compromised or bombarded with junk email.

Use this “throw away account” for coupons, shopping sites or new websites you encounter.

Before you consider purchasing from a new website, be sure to Google the name of the business + reviews to see what others are saying and verify the website is legitimate. You’ll want to be especially cautious if the price of the product seems too good to be true.

7. Avoid Shopping on Public Wi-Fi Networks

While out and about on a shopping trip, be careful when accessing the web on public Wi-Fi networks. You might be tempted to order that hard-to-find item online while taking a break at your local coffee shop, but don’t give in to that temptation. Public Wi-Fi networks are a prime target for hackers. It’s best to use secure Wi-Fi networks for purchases or accessing banking information.

Most of all, be safe, be cautious and enjoy the holiday season!

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Providence Business News

Awarded Top 5 Fastest Growing Company in Rhode Island by Providence Business News

Top 5 Fastest Growing Company in Rhode Island by Providence Business News

We’re proud to announce Providence Business News has ranked SecurityRI.com in the Top 5 Fastest Growing Company Category for 2018.

Twenty local companies have earned a spot on PBN’s list of Fastest Growing Private Companies, along with 13 enterprises chosen among the state’s most innovative companies in the 2018 edition of PBN’s Fastest Growing & Innovative Companies program.

We’ll be joining the additional honorees on September 25th at the Crowne Plaza for the final top rankings in each of the revenue caterogies. This will be PBN’s 7th Annual Fastest Growing & Most Innovative Companies Awards Dinner & Ceremony. Congratulations to all the honorees! And thank you Providence Business News!

Providence Business News

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