How Cyber Security experts stay safe online.
Cyber Security is a notorious topic within board rooms due to so many high profile attacks making headline news. With many large corporations being targeted, it is a fascinating time to be working within the industry and exciting to see how future developments lead the cyber security industry into new territories. Intriguing, especially, to see when insurers will soon be bringing cyber insurance to the market.
With your CIOs and CTOs searching to find the most appropriate and up to date security software for your company, you may have recently joined discussions (whether online, at events or in the workplace) in which risk managers are in tricky places to make the right decision. Budget is a large factor that may not have been accounted for but secondly, trying to reassure the CFO/CEO that this is a necessity to insure your company’s data and reputation is a completely separate challenge. With so much innovative technology and software coming to the market, how do you know you are choosing the right company?
Whether it is a stronger password, changing your password frequently or treating all email attachments suspiciously, here are a few ways cyber security experts are keeping themselves safe online, and a few pointers you could follow to help stay safe online.
The first tip is ensuring your software is up to date, this means not pressing ‘remind me later’ when those annoying software update bubbles pop up. Staying up to date is essential for all sorts of security, patching over previous problems that have been identified and keeping your software ahead of the possible threats you may encounter.
The next tip is to beef up your password. The first road you lived on may seem like a great password, especially if you throw in a capital letter, a number and a bit of punctuation, but lets be honest. People looking to get hold of you accounts will be well area of this simple information, probably before they are even attempting to launch their malware upon you.
Using a password generator or becoming really imaginative with your passwords maybe a much safer practice than the above, for example the most common password (password) can easily transform into (9@5Sw0r!)).
The last tip is to adopt two-factor authentication. Non security experts may not even be aware of this practice and for those of you that are unaware here is a quick description.
Two-factor authentication is the process of combining to different security components together, an example of this can be your day to day password as well as your finger print when using your smart phone.
The biggest difficulty two-factor authentication provides for non security experts is the adoption and implementation of the technology, however, hiding behind the scary terminology it is a simple process that can increase your security online.
Unfortunately, none of the tips shared above are concrete ways to guarantee online safety, but can all provide simple steps to making you safe online.