February 6th is Safer Internet Day. Tom Baker, Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer and Chief Operating Officer at Community Bank, has worked in the Information Technology field for more than 30 years. He discusses 4 ways to help you stay “cyber safe” in 2018.
How would you describe Cyber Security?
Great question. It is People, Process and Technologies (and in that order), that help protect a company (in this case Community Bank) from criminals and other actors that mean to do us harm. It is the collection of anti-malware, anti-phishing, policies, procedures, analytics, training, and common sense that help to stop the bad guys from harming the Bank and our customers.
What are 4 ways that can help people stay “cyber safe” in 2018?
1. Keep your systems patched with the latest Operating System, Application and Anti-Malware updates.
2. Be careful what you open or click in email you receive and be cautious when you visit websites, especially ones you are not familiar with.
3. Remember that you are last line of defense. If something looks different, it is too good to be true. If in anyway something makes you doubt the authenticity of the subject or the sender on something you receive in email – DON’T CLICK IT. Contact the real sender and ask questions about the email. In addition, send it off to your IT group unopened to see if they see any issues.
4. Keep your online user-ids and passwords unique so that a breach on one site does not affect the others. If you have a hard time remembering your passwords, use a pass-phrase and substitute numbers for letters, or consider an encrypted password application.