Cybersecurity 101: Keeping You Safe Online
With the majority of information being shared via online platforms, cybersecurity threats represent the single largest area of concern for modern connected businesses. Comparitech, an online company dedicated to internet security safety and research, recently reported that there were 137.7 million new forms of malware in 2020, globally, 30,000 websites are hacked daily, and 64 percent of companies worldwide have experienced at least one form of a cyber-attack. While no business can completely eliminate cybersecurity threats, NDCP does everything we can to protect our customers and team members.
As a best practice, NDCP enforces comprehensive cyber security policies for any user operating on or with our network, as well as a cyber security incident response plan. To ensure these policies and plans are effective and up to date, we complete an annual audit and security breech practice exercise. These additional measures test the effectiveness of the response plan, ensure each department or employee knows their role, and expose any gaps in our security measures. We also hold regular trainings for employees that address the most prevalent cybersecurity risks, including how to recognize phishing emails.
But even a company with the best cyber security can be targeted if the end user isn’t vigilant in training and following protocols.
“True security prevention starts with the end user — whether that be an NDCP employee, supplier or customer — understanding their role and recognizing potential threats,” said NDCP Chief Information Officer Grant Shih. “We continually invest in technologies, people, and processes aimed at reducing our exposure to such risks. The IT team has also fortified NDCP’s abilities to appropriately respond and recover business operations if an incident ever impacts our computing environments.”
We encourage users to keep the information stored on their computer safe and secure by following these practices:
- Frequently change your passwords.
- Never keep usernames or passwords written down on paper where it can easily found.
- All sensitive paperwork should be locked away in a secured file cabinet or lockable desk drawer.
- Always lock your computer screen when you walk away from it.
- Report any suspicious email to the IT department immediately.
- Do not let unauthorized individuals use any company issued devices.
- Public wireless connections are NOT secure, make sure you are connected via virtual private network (VPN).
By creating strong security policies with our employees and suppliers, we are able to mitigate risk and create a strong cybersecurity framework for our business and our customers. Maintaining the security of your sensitive data, privacy, and proprietary business information is at the forefront of our IT operations.