Tech Tip: Start With the Cybersecurity Basics

You’ve heard the advice countless times before: you must have antivirus software and a strong firewall. However, in this day and age, there is more to the cybersecurity “basics” than a solid firewall.

What about the employee who inadvertently clicks on an email on her phone from a foreign ambassador trying to move money to the US.? She sees it’s a scam, but it’s too late … her phone is infected and now sending a copy of every outgoing email to a Russian crime network.

Have you trained your employees? Don’t open an Excel attachment called “Invoice” from someone you don’t know. (Trust me, they’ll call you if you owe them money.) A single crack in your armor can open the door for network attacks. Get serious about locking down your devices, email filtering and teaching your users how to not lose last year’s P&L to a crime ring by trying to help a “Nigerian prince.”

Alan Edwards, CISM, is chief information officer at Computerware, Inc., in Vienna, Virginia.



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