How to keep your online data protected

Greg Price recently submitted an article to the Troy Messenger, How to keep your online data protected, to share important safety information during National Cyber Security Awareness Month:

Statistically, most cyber security issues originate from end-user activity. In fact, nearly seventy-five percent of all reviewed security breaches began as the result of end-user action.

The statistics do not surprise most security practitioners. After all, currently, end-users are the dominant consumer of electronic resources – people deploy, configure and use the devices. The machines aren’t running everything, yet.

We end-users make mistakes. Those statistics include IT professionals and everyday users. Often IT professionals lack adequate skills and training. Perhaps they exhibited some talent or aptitude and became the “go-to computer person”. Clever use of modern technology is no substitute for proper training. Nearly one-third of all security breaches were the result of poor IT configuration and management, according to an annual IBM cyber security study. Have confidence in your IT resources. If a search engine is your technician’s preferred tool, perhaps looking elsewhere is appropriate.

Related News: Classes teach students to avoid cyberbullying

One new article link has been added to our Related News page. The Enterprise Ledger published an article titled Classes teach students to avoid cyberbullying.

EHS Assistant Principal Ricky Britt said he participated in an internet safety course last summer that detailed laws and acts enacted in recent years to protect children when they’re online. As part of these measures, schools have been asked to help educate students about cyberbullying — using technology, often social media sites like Facebook, to publicly humiliate, harass or threaten someone.

“Cyberbullying in this day and time is getting to be worse,” Britt said. “A lot of the incidents are just not surfacing.”

Source: The Enterprise Ledger