Cybersecurity Tips to Keep your Organization’s Data Safe Share As technology becomes more and more prevalent in both our professional and personal lives, so do the cyber threats that exist. Consider the following tips to protect your organization from crimes associated with cybersecurity. Passwords Account passwords are a foundational form of protection when it comes to network security. Be sure all passwords are complex and not easily identifiable. Review these tips from the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) before choosing a password: Don’t use passwords that are based on personal information that can be easily accessed or guessed. Don’t use words that can be found in any dictionary of any language. Develop a mnemonic for remembering complex passwords. Use both lowercase and capital letters. Use a combination of letters, numbers and special characters. Use passphrases when you can. Use different passwords on different systems. Protection Software and Updates Many individuals and organizations take advantage of antivirus software to protect against malware. These programs will scan your hard drive and email for patterns that are alarming and could potentially do damage. Ensuring your computer operating systems and other software applications are up-to-date is another foundational security protection. Oftentimes, software updates resolve security risks. Be sure your computer systems are updated and you are using adequate antivirus software to protect your network. Wireless Network Wireless Networks are helpful when using mobile devices and are also a good way to provide access to your organization’s visitors. These three tips can help limit the risk facing your organization’s wireless network: Ensure you have adequate security associated with your wireless router. WPA and WPA2 are two secure options for Wi-Fi security. Install a firewall to protect the network from outside attacks and excessive network traffic. Email Safety Email software can be an easy way for criminals to gain access into your network system. Specifically, some hyperlinks may be links to malware, which can lead to a potential cyber attack. Be sure to verify links and URL destinations and ensure use of encryption tools to keep information safe. Encryption serves as a way to send a message to another party using code. Those receiving the message will need a specific, unique code or a virtual key to unlock the encryption and view the message’s content. When your organization is sending an email, particularly one with sensitive documents that hold private information, using an encryption tool to keep the information safe is a suggested security approach. Encryption serves as a way to send a message to another party using code. Those receiving the message will need a specific, unique code or a virtual key to unlock the encryption and view the message’s content. Limit Your Risk Technological innovations have advanced the way we work, the way we conduct business and the way we engage with our customers, employees, members, etc. Most of us can’t imagine life without our online capabilities. Remember the need for safety measures and protecting your data. For additional information, review these tips and topics of concern from the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team. Tags Cyber Security Administration, Staff & Finance Category Religious Organizations Nonprofit Education Small Business © 2023 GuideOne Insurance. GuideOne® is the registered trademark of the GuideOne Insurance Company. All rights reserved. This material is for informational purposes only. It is not intended to give specific legal or risk management advice, nor are any suggested checklists or action plans intended to include or address all possible risk management exposures or solutions. You are encouraged to retain your own expert consultants and legal advisors in order to develop a risk management plan specific to your own activities.