Tips for Protecting Yourself and Your Company From a Cyber Breach

An IT professional, especially a Cyber Security professional, knows the importance of creating a system that is free from vulnerability and able to function well without a Cyber Threat looming over it. This means that your system must be prepared against just about everything.

One of the first steps to protecting your system is to implement regular Cyber Security checks to make sure that every nook and cranny in your system and/or network are protected. Making sure that the correct systems are in place and that they are functioning properly is a good way to start. Also be sure to check that the settings of those systems have not been tampered with, that strong verification tools are being used and that strong passwords are also being used.

Whether or not you have good Cyber Security tools in place already, it is always important to constantly check your system with penetration tests. This is an active test that will see if hackers can get in. You will be much better off by allowing a friendly hacker attempt to access your files than by avoiding it and having a cyber criminal give it a go.

Vulnerability assessments are also an important part of a strong cyber defense. Along with penetration testing, a vulnerability assessment will let you know which parts of your system are weakest in general so you know where more time needs to be spent strengthening your defenses.

Aside from that, the importance of training your staff effectively cannot be emphasized enough. Many breaches could have been avoided with a properly trained staff that implemented good security practices. When it comes to the day-to-day defense of your system, this is perhaps one of the most important. In fact, human error accounts for the vast majority of data breaches with numbers often ranging between 80% and 90%. Hackers need only find the weakest person with access to your system to work their way in.

Check your network protection settings. Many companies offer guests access to their networks. Because of the ever changing nature of new threats that pop up daily, this is one area where you cannot afford to tolerate any lax measures. When adjusting your settings, be sure to err on the side of caution rather than convenience. You can address ease of use at a later time.

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‘Major Cyber Breach of 44,000 FDIC Customers Triggered by Former Employee’s Mistake

via Federal News Radio

A leading technology official in the House says a former Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation employee inadvertently triggered a major cyber breach that compromised 44,000 customers’ data.

Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas), chairman of the Science, Space and Technology Committee says a former FDIC employee breached the information of 44,000 FDIC customers more than a month ago.

In an April 8 letter obtained by Federal News Radio, Smith said a departing FDIC employee was transferring files from an office computer onto a personal storage device and “inadvertently” copied sensitive customer data from more than 44,000 individuals.

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