Cybersecurity First

The theme for Week 2 of Cybersecurity Awareness Month is

Cybersecurity First.

We are more connected than ever. The hybrid workplace is here to stay, and for employees, this means relying on connected devices from their home office. Smart home systems will rise to a market value of $157 billion by 2023, and we expect the number of installed connected devices in the home to rise by a staggering 70% by 2025.


Remember smart devices need smart security

Make cybersecurity a priority when purchasing a connected device. When setting up a new devices and accounts, be sure to set up the privacy and security settings to limit the sharing of information. Default settings often aren’t secure. Once your device is set up, remember to keep tabs on how secure your information is and actively manage location services so you don’t share your location by mistake.

Put cybersecurity first in your job

Make cybersecurity a priority in your job. Good cyber hygiene should be part of any organization’s onboarding process, but if it isn’t, then take it upon yourself to exercise best practices to keep your company safe. Some precautions include performing regular software updates and enabling MFA.

Make passwords and passphrases long and strong

Even if it’s not required, be sure to combine upper and lowercase letters with numbers and symbols to create a secure password. Generic passwords are easy to hack. If you need help remembering your passwords, use a password manager.

Never use free WiFi to log in to any accounts

While working from home, you may be tempted to change scenery and work from a coffee shop or another public space. While this is a great way to keep the day from becoming monotonous, free WiFi isn’t secure. Make sure that security is top of mind, especially while working in a public setting - keeping activities generic and anonymous.

Turn off WiFi and Bluetooth when idle

When WiFi and Bluetooth are on, they can connect and track your whereabouts. To stay as safe as possible, if you don’t need it, turn it off. It’s a simple step that can help ease tracking and incidents.

Staying safe online is an active process that requires constant vigilance at every stage. By following these steps, you are doing your part to keep yourself and your company safe from malicious online activity.

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