Recently, former Pennsylvania Governor and first US Secretary of Homeland Security, Tom Ridge, spoke during a Lancaster Chamber “Wake Up to the Issues” Forum about the alarming lack of urgency among our nation’s leaders when it comes to cybersecurity. Ridge, who is an established authority on cybersecurity, maintains that we are engaged in an all-out cyberwar, and because politicians are slow to act or take threats seriously, businesses and government agencies themselves are perpetually in danger of devastating attacks.
It’s a fact: there are a million different things that can go wrong with your computer. And while you can always call IT support, many problems have simple solutions that you can quickly take care of yourself. After all, who wants to sit on the phone describing an issue to support when you could be getting back to work and moving on with the day?
The world of IT can seem like a scary place. After all, computers often do weird, unexplainable things! Not to mention the hackers, spammers, and scammers who troll the internet looking for their next target. But through it all, it’s nice to know the good guys have our backs, when things go bump in the night (or during the day).
Are you still relying on an in-house employee or team of employees to manage your organization’s technology? While it may seem convenient to have your IT staff under your own roof, it may actually be creating an unnecessary expense to your business, in terms of both time and actual dollars.
We get an enormous amount of spam email every day. Most of the time, we just think of spam as annoying, or perhaps dangerous. But, have you ever noticed that it can be funny, too?
As companies flock to social media for their branding needs and employees continue to spend time on the likes of Facebook, Twitter, and other social sites, there’s a growing concern about the risks associated with using these sites—concerns that could threaten the security of your business.
While we may envision hackers sitting in dark rooms hovering over computers with lines of code scrolling down their screens, the portrait of modern hackers is much more sinister. In fact, today’s hackers and cyber attackers are much more akin to the con artist or snake oil salesman of old.
You’ve likely heard of phishing – you know, the scams where someone sends you a fake email to trick you into giving up your password or banking information. Most of us have heard about phishing many, many times. So many times, in fact, that we’re tempted to tune it out and think to ourselves, “Ha, I would never fall for one of those scams.”
When it comes to protecting your computer network, we spend a lot of time talking about hacking, viruses, and cybercrime. While it’s incredibly important to protect your business from digital attacks, you also need to think about the physical security of your network.
People have many commonsense ways of protecting themselves, their homes, and their belongings. You likely practice safety habits daily like locking the front door or keeping valuables out of sight, yet how often do you think to lock your work computer before walking away? The unfortunate truth is that employees are often the cause of security breaches and malware infections. Companies owe it to themselves to help employees develop safer computing habits and be more conscientious of their use of the company’s computers.