You visit a site and, unknowingly, click on a pop-up in an attempt just to close it. Unfortunately, falling into just one spyware trap can compromise internal systems. Sound dramatic? U.S. organizations paid the highest prices after breaches in 2016: turnover of customers; reputation losses; diminished goodwill.
Organizations must deploy internal training initiatives that give employees the knowledge they need to safely navigate enterprise platforms and ultimately protect company data.
Email use is often at the center of data security instructional sessions – and rightfully so, as hackers tend to take advantage of negligence in these areas the most, according to research from Verizon Wireless. That said, some invade via browsers as well. Here are some effective strategies for safely browsing the internet:
– Only download software from sites you trust. Carefully analyze free software and file-sharing applications before downloading.
– Update your operating system regularly and increase your browser security settings – ask your IT staff for guidance if necessary.
– Type in a URL for a company’s site into the address bar of your browser to bypass links in an email or instant message
– Re-evaluate passwords:
An estimated 81 percent of the hacking-related breaches that occurred last year involved the use of stolen or weak passwords, Verizon Wireless found. This likely came as no surprise to the IT workers and data security experts who have implored employees to put more thought into their passwords for decades, with little success. The reality is, workers continue to trot out tired credentials in an effort to save time or avoid memorization. Until this changes, enterprises will be unable to reach their full potential from a security perspective.
Password managers are the easiest fix, as users can store their passwords in these web-based banks and access autofill options that make logging in easy, all while only having to remember one master credential.
– Take advantage of add-ons:
Most modern internet browsers allow users to install extensions to expedite their web surfing. While many of these features normally weigh on performance and security, a select few can actually bolster digital defenses. The aforementioned password manager falls into this category, along with more explicitly security-centered additions such as the Kaspersky Protection. This add-on, from the data security firm Kaspersky Labs, scans for suspicious links that may turn up in searches.