Cybersecurity Experts

Old Saying: “A lock does no more than keep an honest man, honest.” Robin Hobb (from the third Farseer Trilogy)

New Saying: “In cybercrime, anyone can be a knowing or unknowing criminal.”  Jeff King (me, 2005).

Cybersecurity Experts

Understand what is at risk:

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Nothing is invulnerable, but we have many good systems and process that make cybercriminals look for easier targets.

Cyberattacks are malicious attempts to access or damage a computer, phones, Bluetooth devices or network system for “gain”. Cyberattacks can lead to the loss of money or the theft of personal, financial and medical information. These attacks can damage your reputation and safety. We have many ways of preventing, detecting, and remediating cybercriminals.

Cybersecurity involves preventing, detecting and responding to cyberattacks that can have wide-ranging effects on individuals, organizations, the community and the nation. We have processes and written procedures to help keep our customers safe.

Cyberattacks can occur in many ways, some of the ways are below:

  • Accessing your personal and company computers, mobile phones, gaming systems and other internet- and Bluetooth-connected devices.
  • Be careful to not introduce your personal devices into company networks
  • Damaging you and your company’s financial security, including identity theft.
  • Blocking your access or deleting your personal information and accounts.
  • Disrupting and halting your employment or business services.

Protect Yourself and Your Company Against Cyberattacks

  • Limit the personal and company information you share online. Change privacy settings and do not use location features.
  • Your IT staff should keep software applications and operating systems up-to-date.
  • Create strong passwords by using upper and lower case letters, numbers and special characters. Use a password manager and two methods of verification likeCybersecurity Experts  .
  • Watch for suspicious activity that asks you to do something right away, offers something that sounds too good to be true or needs your personal information. Think before you click. When in doubt, do NOT click. We provide email link verification systems to help thwart evil doers.
  • Don’t share PINs or passwords. Use devices that use biometric scans when possible (e.g. fingerprint scanner or facial recognition).
  • Be cautious about sharing company and personal financial information, such as your bank account number, social security number, or credit card number. Only share information on secure sites. Secure sites always begin with HTTPS. Do not use sites with invalid certificates. Your IT staff can provide you with a Virtual Private Network (VPN) that creates a more secure connection.
  • Use antivirus solutions, malware and firewalls to block threats.
  • Back up your files regularly in an encrypted file or encrypted file storage device.
  • Do not click on links in texts or emails from people you don’t know. Scammers can create fake links to websites. Scammers also replicate known sites that can look exceptionally similar to real sites, be cautious.
  • Remember that the government will not call, text or contact you via social media about owing money or receiving economic impact payments.

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During a Cyberattack:

  • Contact your company’s IT staff immediately. Discuss all of the details of your issue, even if the issues are uncomfortable.
  • Be alert for soliciting emails and social media users asking for private information.
  • If you notice strange activity, and be careful if a site is requesting your passwords multiple times.
  • Consider turning off the device. Have your IT department scan for potential viruses and remove any that they find. Remember: A company will not call you and ask for control of your computer to fix it. This is a common scam. Have verification codes with your IT department to know if it is really them calling.
  • If you find a problem, disconnect your device from the Internet or power it down and call your IT department.

After a Cyberattack:

  • If you have lost your company credentials or even your driver’s license you should immediately let your IT department know.
  • If your job is in the accounting department contact banks, credit card companies and other financial services companies where your company holds accounts. You may need to place holds on accounts that have been attacked. Close any unauthorized credit or charge accounts. Report that someone may be using your identity.
  • File a complaint with the FBI Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3). They will review the complaint and refer it to the appropriate agency.
  • File a report with the local police so there is an official record of the incident. This will help with your cyber insurance carrier guidelines.
  • Report identity theft to the Federal Trade Commission.
  • Contact the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) if you receive messages from anyone claiming to be a government agent.
  • Keep records of times, dates, and the breach for the IT department, government agencies, and your insurance carrier
  • Contact your insurance carrier. We offer cyber insurance only if you follow certain procedures.

Places to find more information:

Homeland Security – Cybersecurity

Federal Bureau of Investigations – Cyber Crime

Federal Bureau of Investigations – Internet Crime Complaint Center

National Cybersecurity Alliance –

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau – Covid-19 scams

Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency –

Federal Trade Commission – Complaint

United States Secret Service –

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