If you read the daily headlines, you most likely noticed how security has become a popular topic. The news consistently includes the latest scoop about a large hack or security breach. It is estimated that in 2017, the average cost of a data breach in North America was $117,000 for small and medium-sized businesses.
What comes to mind when you think of a security breach? How does it begin? Most people will imagine a hoodie-wearing-hacker sitting in his dingy basement, writing a complex algorithm that can penetrate the perimeter firewall.
In reality, most compromises start from within! Using techniques such as social engineering or phishing, hackers are able to fool users into clicking malicious links and gain access to trusted networks. As of 2018, it is believed that 4 out of 5 breaches are caused by hackers that take advantage of human error.
Security is a mindset.
Below are 5 tips to strengthen your security culture and minimize risk:
Every team members’ role now includes security
If you interact with technology, we need you on our security team. It is no longer sufficient to have an IT security team that monitors the network. We must leverage everyone’s input and vigilance to properly protect the organization.
Never trust an email
If an email contains a suspicious request or seems out of place, don’t click on the link. Feel free to forward them to TNS for analysis.
Keep your passwords unique
When passwords are identical across multiple accounts, this increases the likelihood of an outbreak.
Lock your computer when stepping away
It takes 1 minute to leave your desk and refresh your coffee. 1 minute is all it takes for someone to walk by your computer and comprise your data.
Protect sensitive browsing
When using Wi-Fi Hotspots (e.g. airports and coffee shops), your data is not secure and can be sniffed over the wireless connection. It is best to use your mobile phone or wait until you return to the office.
Technology has great potential. It has positively changed the way we live, from self-driving cars to medical breakthroughs. As long as we maintain the right tools and mindset, we can ensure that our security posture is healthy and intact.
Our job at The TNS Group is to partner with our clients and create that Cyber Security environment in their workplace. Please feel free to reach out at 203.316.0112 for further information.
Eli Wasserman, Client Services, The TNS Group