There’s a tonne of advice out there about cybersecurity so why are successful cyber-attacks continuing to grow in number? Just how bad are you at cybersecurity?
From using terrible easy to crack passwords to simply leaving your computer unattended and unlocked there are many ways a security breach can occur. All of these behaviours can be changed, but only if people and organisations take responsibility. After all, it is everyone’s job to keep their organisation cyber secure.
The most common bad habits
- Using rubbish passwords – We’ve covered this a few times and there is a tonne of advice out there that tells you how to create strong effective passwords and yet consistently we see the same awful passwords being used over and over again. 12345 is NOT a good password! When asked to change your password it's also a bad idea to simply add numbers to the end of your current password, e.g. 'Banana1 to Banana2'.
- Sharing passwords – Some companies share passwords amongst their employees. This is especially common when it comes to social media accounts. All it takes is one disgruntled employee to change the passwords without telling anyone else and bam! the damage is done. Also when it comes to auditing, how exactly are you supposed to prove who did what when several people use the same passwords? Who is accountable.?
- Not locking your devices – We’ve all gone for a tea break and forgotten to lock our machines whilst we pop off to the kitchen. Normally the worst thing that happens is that a mischievous co-worker will flip your screen upside down or perform some other prank, but what happens if someone who has less than friendly intentions gains access to your wide-open device?
- Not logging out of shared devices – Hot desking is all well and good but what happens when, for example, a company director uses a machine and forgets to log out? Someone else can come along, use that machine and sign in as said director, gaining access to all sorts of sensitive information and data. This occurs far more often than you may think.
- Do you Patch? – We’re all guilty of it. You’re trying to do some work or watch a movie and that annoying pop-up box appears telling you that your machine needs to restart to update. Naturally, you dismiss it, but do you keep dismissing it never to update? If you do this with an antivirus then very quickly you will be left exposed to newly discovered vulnerabilities.
- Clicking on suspect links – If something appears to be too good to be true then there’s a very high chance that it is. Don’t be a sucker for the many scams and phishing emails that are out there. If in doubt always double check to see it is legit.
- Not doing your Due Diligence? – When seeking new business partners or third-party products to use do you check to see if they take cybersecurity seriously? If not, you may be in for a nasty surprise if they become compromised.
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