According to CybeReady, during such turbulent times, one should regard all emails with extra caution and double-check the sender’s address carefully. Beware of requests that ask for technical assistance such as running software or helping to take down websites. These might not only be illegal but may also be used to hack systems on the corporate network. Try to remember that during times of crisis, there is an increase in phishing attempts of all kinds as hackers take advantage of the situation. In this circumstance, employees need to stay updated from both a news and computing perspective.
To be proactive in the defense of computing environments, our security experts recommend:
1. Personal computer and phones: Install the latest operating system and security updates.
2. Implement 2FA/MFA: Use a phone number or authentication app as the second factor of authentication to all important applications, social media accounts (Facebook/Meta, Linkedin, Twitter, etc.), and personal email accounts. Backup email and ensure it is recoverable.
3. Change Passwords: If you are reusing a password in sites that hold your personal information, it is a good time to change your passwords.
4. Support a Culture of Security: Train your employees continuously, advise friends and family to do the same, and take an active role in creating a safer internet.
5. Defend Work from Home Environments: Install the operating system and security updates. If these are available you should see a notification on your computer or phone.
Especially important to business continuity in these times of uncertainty is the need for automated cybersecurity training that adapts to employee educational needs and accelerates the learning process.
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Omer Taran – CTO and Co-founder at CybeReady
Omer Taran is the Co-Founder and CTO of CybeReady. As co-founder, he serves as the company’s technologist-in-residence. His vision for CybeReady drives him to build out solutions that serve a variety of enterprise customers by blending best practices and innovation.
Katie Teitler – Sr. Product Marketing Manager at Axonius
Katie Teitler is a cybersecurity content creator. In her current role with Axonius, she is part of the product marketing team, helping audiences understand the value proposition of cyber asset management as it pertains to risk reduction. In past roles, Katie was an industry analyst, research director, content marketer, and freelance author, and managed content and speakers for InfoSec World, now a flagship offering of the Cyber Risk Alliance.
Lee Neely – Information Assurance APL at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Lee Neely is a senior IT and security professional at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) with over 25 years of experience. He has been involved in many aspects of IT from system integration and quality testing to system and security architecture since 1986. He has had extensive experience with a wide variety of technology and applications from point implementations to enterprise solutions. Lee has worked with securing information systems since he installed his first firewall in 1989.
Matt Alderman – Executive Director at CyberRisk Alliance
Strategic Advisor at Automox, security consultant, and wizard of entrepreneurship.
Paul Asadoorian – Founder at Security Weekly
Paul Asadoorian is the founder of Security Weekly, which was acquired by CyberRisk Alliance. Paul spent time “in the trenches” implementing security programs for a lottery company and then a large university. Paul is offensive, having spent several years as a penetration tester. As Product Evangelist for Tenable Network Security, Paul built a library of materials on the topic of vulnerability management. When not hacking together embedded systems (or just plain hacking them) or coding silly projects in Python, Paul can be found researching his next set of headphones.
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