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6 Ways Everyone Can Help Protect Against Cyber Attacks

05/18/2017  |  By: Mark Burnette, CPA, CISSP, CISM, CISA, CRISC, CGEIT, ITIL, QSA, Shareholder, Practice Leader of Risk Services

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An important component of any continuity program is cyber security. The recent Wanna Decryptor ransomware attack that has affected at least 125,000 systems throughout more than 100 countries is yet another reminder that cyber security is more important now than ever.

The Business Continuity Institute (BCI) recently released a Cyber Resilience Report that revealed two-thirds of organizations have experienced at least one cyber security incident in the previous year, and 15% have experienced at least ten.  

While organizations have a responsibility to make sure they have all the necessary resources in place to protect against external cyber threats, it is important to remember that cyber security is not just the responsibility of the IT department within an organization. Everyone in the company can (and should) play a part in protecting against threats and helping to avoid malware infections and cyber breaches.  It is prudent to regularly remind your end users of their responsibility to protect sensitive data and systems.  Here are some simple tips:

6 Easy Ways Everyone Can Fight Against Cyber Threats

  1. Use strong passwords
  2. Keep passwords hidden and private
  3. Don’t click on untrusted links or file attachments
  4. Take care when using insecure networks
  5. Don’t plug untrusted USB devices into computers or networks
  6. Don’t leave computers unlocked

The BCI has developed a series of posters to help promote the six actions individuals within your organization can take to improve cyber security. You may be looking for a way to remind your users of their responsibilities, and this week is a great week to do so!  Click here to view and download the posters for printing and display around your organization as a helpful reminder.

For those wondering what they can do to insulate their organizations against attack, download below the ransomware checklist that LBMC has developed that includes a series of steps to help protect organizations against ransomware attacks such as these.

For additional guidance or assistance with ransomware, please contact LBMC’s Bill Dean at (865) 862-3051 or bdean@lbmc.com.  

Download the Ransomware Preparation Checklist

Includes a series of steps to help protect organizations against ransomware attacks.