Holiday Cybersecurity: How to Stay Secure Through the Season
During the holiday season, more employees work remotely and shop online. Historically, organizations in various industries have seen spikes in cybersecurity attacks during November and December. This is largely because during the holidays, more employees are not sitting at their desks and more likely to click on links or spear-phishing emails while working from home.
As we enter the holiday season, many people will be shopping online for great deals. Here are a few tips for your employees to best protect themselves during the hectic holiday season:
- Be Cautious. When you’re shopping online, do not click on suspicious links or download items from unknown sources. Never provide your banking or credit card information over an unencrypted link.
- Increase your Cybersecurity Measures. Make sure your accounts and Wi-Fi passwords are complex and are not reused. Increase the strength of your default security settings and create stronger passwords by using uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers and symbols.
- Use Common Sense. The best form of protection for any cybersecurity attack is your own common sense. Double-check website addresses for accuracy and pay close attention to unsolicited messages and emails. Keep a record and documentation of all purchases you make and check your statements for suspicious activity.
It’s always important that your organization have a strong security posture, whether it’s the holiday season or not. If you feel as though your business is not where it needs to be from a security standpoint, then it’s time for a serious conversation with our security experts.