Cybersecurity Best Practices

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ICN’s Managed Firewall partner LightEdge, recently provided best practices that any organization should follow to ensure everyone’s data stays secure.

  1. Practice secure password habits: Changing passwords every 90 days or whenever a breach is suspected is an easy way to keep critical data and login information safe from hackers. When creating a new password, it’s recommended to use a phrase to ensure it is long and a mix of characters are used. Finally, never share passwords with anyone.
  2. Know how to spot possible phishing emails: Unfortunately, phishers have become less obvious than the anonymous person claiming to need your social security number and bank routing information from years past. Ongoing training and education should be provided to users on current scams, how to identify them and a reminder to avoid opening or clicking on them.
  3. Redundancy and backups: Any data that is important should not only be backed up onsite, but also offsite. Critical systems that are maintaining information should allow organizations to continue operating while repairs are made.
  4. All devices should have current security updates and patches: It’s important to ensure that all devices, whether that be a laptop, desktop computers, or tablets, have the most recent security updates downloaded.