Celebrating National Computer Security Day

It’s the holiday season, and we’re ready to celebrate. We’re not talking about turkey or reindeer, but something more critical to your business: National Computer Security Day. Since 1988, businesses worldwide have spent November 30 celebrating effective security measures and practices. While it’s a less recognized holiday, it’s one worth observing if you value cybersecurity.

In honor of National Computer Security Day, we’ve put together these tips and graphics for you to share throughout your organization.

Identify Phishing Emails

Over 75 percent of organizations reported becoming a victim of a phishing attack in 2016. There are some things you can do to help your business avoid joining this growing percentage. Pay close attention to emails that have any or all of the following:

  • Urgent or demanding calls to action
  • Vague greeting (e.g., “Dear Customer”)
  • Fake website links
  • Improper grammar
  • Unprofessional graphics

Use Strong Passwords

Almost all the passwords users create (90 percent) are vulnerable to hacking. Take the time to come up with unique passwords that aren’t easily guessed for each individual account. Use a combination of words, symbols and numbers, and change your password frequently.

Apply Patches

Seventy percent of successful cyber attacks exploited known vulnerabilities with available patches. Cyber attacks can happen in seconds, so update your systems and always be prepared for the worst.

Lock Your Computer

At least 1 in 3 employees says they leave their computer unlocked when away from their desk. Considering that 71 percent of employees have access to sensitive information, that’s a data breach waiting to happen. One of the easiest ways to reduce the risk of a breach is to simply lock your computer screen when you leave your desk.

Speak Up

If you notice any suspicious activity, report it to your management immediately. When it comes to cyber attacks, time is of the essence, especially if systems have been encrypted by ransomware or if you need to notify customers that their data has been breached.

We hope this holiday reiterates the importance of following security best practices within your organization. Please share our graphics as a way to wish everyone a happy National Computer Security Day!

Tip for avoiding phishing
Tip for creating secure passwords
Tip for avoiding cyber attack that exploits known vulnerabilities 

Tip for avoiding unauthorized access to sensitive data on computer

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