Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities and Reminders to Better Protect Data & Information

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Oct 22, 2019

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Why Cybersecurity is Important Inside and Outside of the Business

Cybersecurity is more important than ever. We are increasingly seeing in the news the lack of security leading to numerous data breaches. These events can often times result in identity theft, loss of revenue, shutting your business’ doors and everything in between.

To lessen the risk of cyberattacks in today’s environment, it is each and everyone’s responsibility to be security minded.

Not only can a cyberattack be devastating to a business, it can also impact your personal life. If your social security number, credit card details and other general information is known, someone could steal your identity putting you in a very challenging situation. In this blog we will share some quick tips to help better protect your data and information and highlight environments known to be vulnerable to exploitation, and how Managed Service Providers (MSPs) can enhance their customers’ cybersecurity.

Examples of Everyday Security Vulnerabilities

Often times we see many people reuse the same password over and over again, leave their phone in the open, leave documents out on their desk, or even leave their computer unlocked and unattended. All of these situations increase the risk of information and data getting stolen that could be used in a cyberattack.

In addition to the workplace, other environments we need to be mindful of when it comes to cybersecurity can include places like your home, gas stations, gym, and even restaurants! All these places can be open to vulnerabilities, and the best thing we can do is be diligent.

Security is not “set it and forget it,” but an everyday practice.
The more you can prevent, the more you can control.

With the internet comes countless vulnerabilities. Are you on social media? Checking in at places and sharing pictures online, also makes you vulnerable as a user. Everything you do that requires a network – Calls, text messages, Face-timing, Android and Apple Pay, payment processing, etc. – all of these applications are susceptible to cyberattacks. No matter where you are or what you’re doing, it is best to always be security-minded.

Cybersecurity Reminders to Better Protect Your Information

Security is everyone’s responsibility. Whether a user, MSP, or vendor, we all play a role. Customers need help protecting their data and information, and MSPs have the opportunity to provide the IT security they need. Collabrance recently released a newly enhanced Managed Security Service Provider (MSSP) Offering, to help MSPs provide the cybersecurity customers seek.

Remember, cybersecurity is an everyday practice. Here are some simple cybersecurity tips to lessen the risk of having your data stolen:

  • Use strong and random passwords (Avoid saving your logins/passwords and try to use other types of authentication, like fingertip, Multi-Factor Authentication, 2FA devices, etc.)
  • Be wary of your surroundings at public places when using your computers, phones, tablets. Avoid connecting to a guest network if you are viewing or working on sensitive information.
  • Keep your home network accessibility private. Protect your Wi-Fi networks with strong passwords.
  • Be mindful of what types of devices you allow to access your information (Alexa, Google Home, Smartphones, Smart TVs, Gaming Consoles, etc.)

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Cyberattacks can be the result of major or minor loopholes. Many times, we find breaches can actually be avoided by educating users with security awareness training. User error can be a top reason for vulnerabilities to be exploited. So whether in or outside the workplace, remember, little things can go a long way and have a big impact. Security can be looked at in many different ways with various degrees of importance. But ultimately, security starts with you.

Are you protecting your customers’ information and data?

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About The Author

Aaron Miller

Aaron Miller, Systems Support Analyst at Collabrance, is responsible for working on user tickets, as well as mentoring and training other techs. He has been with Collabrance since 2015 and is our Subject Matter Expert for AV Defender, IT Glue, Fortinet, and Mac’s. Aaron served in the United States Marine Corps and went on to earn his Bachelors in IT Management and Networking from Colorado Technical University in 2007. In 2019, Aaron also earned his Bachelors Degree in Network Infrastructure and Cybersecurity.