October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM). NCSAM is a great initiative to help educate and inform our friends and family on the importance of taking your digital security seriously. To help continue to support this initiative, we asked a range of industry experts to share some of their tips to help us stay safe online.
Angus Macrae | Head of Cyber Security | @AMACSIA
As distinctions between our personal and professional digital lives become ever-blurred, what your employees choose to share and give access to online, both in and out of work, becomes another ‘defence in depth’ consideration when protecting the workplace. Too many people operate online in ways they would perhaps think twice about when outside the digital realm, and we all need to be a bit more questioning and savvier.
For example, imagine you walked into a high street, ‘bricks and mortar’ shop to purchase some fairly benign items and were approached by someone claiming to work there. What if they started asking you a load of personal and intrusive questions whilst requesting that you unlock your phone and let them have access to it? Many of us would hopefully refuse and likely walk out, having considered that what was asked for was neither relevant nor proportionate to the intended transaction. Yet too many people give away all sorts of information when registering with websites or grant privileges to the messaging, geo-location and other capabilities of their devices when installing apps without a second thought. Often to the same device they access business email or hold other business-related information, however tenuously.
Personal responsibility is essential, but ‘to err is human,’ and it’s not always possible to refuse or spot what less scrupulous sites and apps are up to. Which is why anyone with ‘administrative’, ‘root’ or (Read more...)
*** This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog from The State of Security authored by Joe Pettit. Read the original post at: https://www.tripwire.com/state-of-security/security-awareness/ncsam-ensure-online-safety-work/