If your clients take security seriously, they’re probably already instigating certain procedures and security protocols to try to stem the wave of cyber breaches and cyber crimes infiltrating companies operating online at a rampant pace. Still, they’re never going to be completely safe from cyber exposure because hackers are finding new ways to hack into company systems.
We want to share a few cyber security tips, but all of the cyber security measures in the world won’t help once a breach has occurred. Clients need the security provided by cyber insurance to help with the aftermath of a cyber attack. Every company is an attractive target to hackers.
- Practice good password management. Use a strong mix of characters, never using the same password for multiple sites. Employees should never share their password with others, or write it down, for prying eyes may be everywhere.
- Never leave devices unattended. Have staff password protect their units if they need to leave their computer, phone, or tablet for any length of time.
- Inform employees to be careful when clicking on attachments or links in emails. If it’s unexpected or suspicious for any reason, inform them not to click on it. Have them double check the URL of any website a link is directing them to first.
- Employees should back up data regularly, and make sure their anti-virus software is always up to date.
- Staff must always be conscientious of what they plug into their computer. Malware can be spread through infected flash drives, external hard drives, and even smartphones.
- Have restrictions on what they’re allowed to share on social networks. Criminals can easily gain access to a lot of information; including where they work, or when they’re on vacation, which could help them to gain access to more valuable data.
- Social engineering is where someone attempts to gain information from someone else through manipulation. If someone calls or emails, asking for sensitive information, it’s often for the wrong reasons. Contact the company they say they’re representing directly to verify credentials before giving out any information.
- Be sure to have them monitor all accounts for any suspicious activity. If they see something unfamiliar, it could be a sign that they’ve been compromised.
Cyber exposure can take on many forms. Protect your clients by arming them with information, and insurance, to help stem the tide of the cyber crime wave.