2020 Resolutions for Digital Security
This year make sure you, your colleagues, and your organization are protected by practicing good security hygiene. If you don’t work in the IT department, this might feel inconvenient and bothersome, but remember that building daily habits takes time and practice! Having good security habits will limit your exposure to cyberattacks, something that is unfortunately increasing rapidly over time. We strongly suggest you make the following simple resolutions to tighten your security perimeter and do your best to uphold these new practices. Here are five resolutions for digital security in 2020:
1. I will change all my passwords to strong (and different!) passwords
A strong password is 8 or more characters containing a combination of upper and lower case letters, numbers and symbols. Challenge yourself to start using different passwords for your apps and, because we’re all human, use a secured password manager tool to keep track of them.
2. I will identify who I need to contact in my organization in case of a data breach or a cyberattack.
When an attack happens, it is critical to notify the appropriate people so they can address and resolve it immediately. This can be your department head or an IT staff person. Check your organization’s incident response plan to find out who to contact.
3. I will audit the apps I have access to and make sure former employees no longer have active credentials.
If you are a designated admin for an app at your organization, check your active user list. Deactivating users after they leave your organization is not always properly completed because there are so many applications used these days across different departments. Make sure former staff, including former consultants who are often given admin privileges, no longer have access.
4. I will pay attention to external links and attachments in my email.
Email is a common entry point for cyberattacks. Hackers will impersonate a colleague or reputable institution to trick people into clicking on malicious links. Always double check the email domain and URL and pay attention to the email content as well. If you’re unsure, don’t click on it!
5. I will participate in security awareness trainings.
Education is the best defense against a cyberattack. There are many services offering security awareness training courses to help companies keep staff refreshed and aware of the common security attacks that exploit those who are unaware or lazy about maintaining good security practices. Declare today you will not be that person!
Incorporate any of these five simple resolutions into your work life and ensure better digital security and privacy for yourself, your colleagues and your organization. Ask your IT team today for information to start adding these security practices to your weekly, monthly or yearly work regimen. They will thank you!