Enable multifactor authentication.
Use a trusted password manager.
Use strong passwords.
Recognize and report phishing.
Update your software regularly.
There is nothing novel or surprising about any of those cybersecurity tips. What is notable is that, in this Cybersecurity Awareness Month, such practical tips are incorporated in a Presidential Proclamation calling upon “the people, businesses, and institutions of the United States to recognize the importance of cybersecurity, to take action to better protect yourselves against cyber threats, and to observe Cybersecurity Awareness Month in support of our national security and resilience.”
In the past fewweeks alone U.S. airport websites, and the state websites of Colorado, Connecticut, Mississippi, and Kentucky were the subjects of successful foreign cyberattacks. Cybersecurity is a national issue that transcends political divisions. There is no red ransomware, blue virus, green phish or independent incursion. With apologies to Elmer Davis, “This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave [and cyber secure].”
Check out our previous Privacy Perils series (linked below) for reminders on how to stay cyber secure.
Check out our series, Privacy Perils, to learn what steps you can take to guard your personal and company data. For more information about this topic and other cyber security concerns, please contact Bob Brewer, Tony McFarland, Elizabeth Warren or a member of our Privacy & Data Security team.