Cyber Security Tips for Employees

In the rapidly evolving landscape of digital security, it’s crucial for all employees, not just IT professionals, to be aware of and practice effective cybersecurity measures. Here are key points from the article, enhanced with additional cybersecurity practices:

  1. Continuous Cybersecurity Education:
  • Regularly update your knowledge about current cyber threats and trends through blogs, podcasts, and forums.
  1. Strong and Unique Passwords:
  • Use complex passwords with a mix of characters, and avoid using the same password across different platforms.
  • Consider password management tools like LastPass or 1Password for secure password storage and generation.
  1. Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA):
  • Implement MFA in your accounts, requiring additional verification beyond just a password.
  1. Email Vigilance and Phishing Scams:
  • Be cautious about emails from unknown sources and avoid clicking on suspicious links or attachments.
  • Report any phishing attempts to your IT department.
  1. The SLAM Method for Identifying Phishing Emails:
  • Sender: Check if the sender’s email address is legitimate.
  • Links: Hover over links before clicking to see their destinations.
  • Attachments: Be wary of opening attachments from unknown or unexpected sources.
  • Message: Look for poor grammar or spelling as potential red flags.
  1. Securing Remote Connections:
  • Use a VPN when accessing company resources remotely.
  • Avoid public Wi-Fi for company-related tasks and ensure your home network is secure.
  1. Regular Updates of Software and Systems:
  • Keep your software and systems up to date to protect against known vulnerabilities.
  • Enable automatic updates for convenience and security.
  1. Safe Browsing Practices:
  • Avoid suspicious or irrelevant websites during work.
  • Use browser security features and consider security extensions for enhanced safety.
  • Your work may have policies in place banning personal use of the internet or email from work computers. This is common and reasonable as a risk mitigation factor for ransomware and other cyber security attacks.
  1. Awareness of Social Engineering Attacks:
  • Be aware of different tactics like pretexting, phishing, and baiting.
  • Verify any unusual requests through a separate channel and report any suspicious activities.

By incorporating these practices, employees can significantly contribute to creating a more secure working environment, protecting both the company’s and their own digital integrity.

Matt Wilson Director M: 0414 39 7777
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