Cyber security breaches can wreak havoc on a business, exposing sensitive data and costing millions of dollars. Studies show that as many as 95% of these data breaches have their root in simple human error. How prepared are you against a cyberattack? Test your knowledge by answering these questions!
You get an email asking you to click a link and verify your log-in credentials. Should you click it?
This email may be an example of phishing. A phishing email looks like it comes from a legitimate source, but clicking through can have dire consequences. Phishing emails can infect your computer with malware or steal your log-in information. Any email asking you to click something or provide information is a red flag.
What should you do to remove risk from your network?
Hardening your network is a good step in reducing risk. Hardening removes common targets for attack, lowering your risk profile. You can remove programs you no longer need, delete unused accounts, and limit access to your network, applications, and data.
Someone you do not know calls and says they’re from your company and they need you to send account information. This has never happened before. Is it a legitimate request?
Chances are, this situation is a case of social engineering. In social engineering attacks, hackers pose as members of your organization and try to manipulate you into giving up sensitive information. Social engineering attacks may take place over the phone or through email. Before giving up any sensitive data, verify that it is a legitimate request.
You’ve never updated your software since its first installation. Is this safe? What should you do?
Software updates are a critical component of cyber security. As risks are identified, software developers create and issue patches to fix them. Patching your software allows it to stay up to date on the latest security risks.
Should you trust public Wi-Fi? What’s the most secure way to connect?
Free public Wi-Fi may be convenient, but it is a security risk. If you must connect to a public Wi-Fi network, you should always use a VPN. A VPN (Virtual Private Network) protects your data and keeps your information private, even on an open public network.
With so many security breaches being traced to human error, it’s important that you learn the risks and how to protect yourself. A little bit of knowledge can help prevent a disaster for your company. Ask us about our security solutions for businesses just like yours!