Showing posts with label cyber. Show all posts
Showing posts with label cyber. Show all posts

Monday, March 2, 2015

How to Remain Secure in a Cyber World

With news of cyber crime reverberating throughout society, it goes without saying that it's important to protect yourself and your department, agency, or company by taking precautions against hackers. Probably the most important take-away from all this negative news is this: it's getting worse, not better!

Here at Electronic Systems Consultants LLC (@ESC_LLC), we are always aware of the potential for hacking, and so we have taken precautions to protect our data, which includes your records. We believe so wholeheartedly in cyber security that we include it in our social media outreach almost each and every day of the week.

As I said a little bit ago, the thing about all this that alarms me the most is the fact that the number of data breaches is increasing despite all the attention data security is getting in the news as of late. Here's a good example of that:

Fines Remain Rare Even As Health Data Breaches Multiply

In a string of meetings and press releases, the federal government's health watchdogs have delivered a stern message: They are cracking down on insurers, hospitals and doctors offices that don't adequately protect the security and privacy of medical records.

But as breaches of patient records proliferate — just this month, insurer Anthem revealed a hack that exposed information for nearly 80 million people — federal overseers have seldom penalized the health care organizations responsible for safeguarding this data, a ProPublica review shows. click here

As part of our effort to keep you informed on issues pertaining to cyber crime and security, @ESC_LLC has routinely featured informative videos on how to protect yourself and your agency/department/company from cyber attack. This includes Big Data, which promises to be one of the most significant security threats in recent times.

One way to begin the process of data protection is to never use an administrator account in your computer while surfing the Internet. Instead, create a simple user account and use it. The significance of this is that if someone does manage to hack your machine, they won't be in a position to do irreparable damage because they will not have administrator rights.

The following video provides additional tips and ideas on how to protect yourself while on the Internet. Please take a few minutes to watch and listen as the presenter offers some very good ideas on ways to protect your data. I'll finish up with a comment or two afterward.


If you should have any questions, or if you happen to have a favorite video or article to share with us and our readers, please send it along to me via our contact form.

John Larkin, Senior Partner