As National Cybersecurity Awareness Month draws to a close, AIM sends you these simple reminders on staying cyber secure:
1. Treat Business Information as Personal Information.
Business information often includes a mix of company proprietary information and employee personally identifiable information (PII). Don’t share any proprietary or personal information with unknown parties or over unsecured networks.
2. Make Passwords Difficult to Guess.
Our devices – smartphones, laptops, wireless printers – are constantly exchanging data to complete tasks. Make sure these devices are configured correctly and use strong passwords to prevent data breaches.
3. Be up to Date.
Keep your software updated. Apply patches and maintain your security settings to apply updates automatically so you don’t have to think about it. Set your security software to run regular scans.
4. Beware of Social Media.
Cybercriminals use social media and the web to gather information about you, your partners and vendors. Avoid oversharing on social media. Don’t conduct official business, exchange payment, or share PII on social media platforms.
5. It Only Takes One Time.
Most data breaches do not happen when a cybercriminal has hacked into your infrastructure. Many data breaches can be traced back to a single security vulnerability, phishing attempt or accidental exposure. Protect yourself - be wary of unusual sources, don’t click on unknown links, and delete suspicious emails immediately. In these days of COVID-19, be particularly suspicious of emails with COVID-19 related subject lines, attachments, or hyperlinks, and emails or calls from a person claiming to be government official, family member or friend, requesting personal or financial information.
Did you know AIM's Lawyer Professional Liability Insurance Policy now offers cyber liability coverage to protect you and your firm in the event of a cyberattack?
For more information on our Cyber Liability Insurance coverage, visit https://www.attorneysinsurancemutual.com/cyber-liability-insurance.