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Information Security Tips Part 2

By phennessy, Monday, 20th January 2020 | 0 comments
Filed under: Business, Security, data security.

You might recall last month we posted 10 security tips. Hopefully these are all in hand and you have shared them with your colleagues and implemented the best practice advice.  Following up; here is the next 10!

Security starts at the top

Information Security starts at the top, organisations should work towards proactive risk management rather than reactive compliance. So, include Information Security Risk Management into your business planning and staff induction.

Phishing awareness

Tell your users to read emails carefully, hover over the links to fully read URLs exchanged on email. Spelling errors, suspicious redirects and implied urgency are tell-tale signs that the email is from a suspicious source.  Carry out simulated Phishing attack training.

Use multiple lines of communication

If you are sent a request for sensitive information via email, contact the sender to verify by telephone; never just email back as the sender’s email may be compromised.

Browsers and other software

Use Google Chrome as a browser. This browser receives the most frequent automatic security updates. An insecure web browser can lead to spyware being installed on your computer without your knowledge, attackers taking control of your computer, stealing your information, or even using your computer to attack other computers.  Also make sure browser plug-ins such as Flash and Java are up to date.

Websites

Avoid using non business websites and don’t download software from untrusted sources. These sites often host malware that will automatically and silently compromise your computer.

Disposal of Media

It is important to make sure data is erased and electronic equipment is disposed of correctly in order to protect confidential and sensitive data from accidental disclosure.

Breached accounts

Check regularly if your email account has been breached.  If you have been caught up in a breach, changing your password and not using the password for anything else should resolve the issue. We can help with this.

Also check if rules have been set up to run in your mailbox.

Ad blocking

Turn on ad blocking to reduce the number of ads that show when browsing. Ads can contain malicious code which may compromise your computer.

Lock it

Don’t leave your PC or Laptop unlocked, it is an unnecessary security risk.  Set up screen locks on all devices.

Physical Security

Beware of what you plug into your computer, Malware can spread though infected USB keys and external hard-drives and even smart phones.

 



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