Cyber Security Workplace Tips

Celebrate Cyber security Awareness Month with These Workplace Tips

October is National Cyber security Awareness Month (NCSAM), an initiative designed to engage both the public and private sectors on security best practices. Sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security, the National Cyber Security Alliance, and the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center, NCSAM is focused on strengthening the cyber security of our workplaces, homes, and digital lives.

Toward that goal, I wanted to share some quick tips on how your company can protect itself from a cyber attack:

Control Access

Limit access to data or use of business computers to anyone that doesn’t need it to do their job. Laptops, tablets and smartphones are particularly easy targets for theft, so make sure they are never left unattended and are always stored in a locked location. As soon as an employee has left the company, be sure to not only collect any technology he may have been using, but immediately prohibit access to servers, networks and content.

Secure Wi-Fi Networks

Always make sure passwords are required for access to your company’s Wi-Fi network—making sure you have changed the administrative password that was on the device when it was purchased. In addition, make sure the Wi-Fi network is hidden.

Protect Against Viruses

The U.S. Small Business Administration site suggests installing, using and regularly updating antivirus and antispyware software on every computer used in your business. Such software is readily available online.

Don’t Ignore Software Updates

There is a reason software vendors provide regular updates to their products and platforms: to improve functionality and correct security problems. Make sure all software has been updated—you can actually configure it to install updates automatically.

Make Backup Copies

“Regularly backup the data on every computer used in your business,” says the SBA.   “Critical data includes word processing documents, spreadsheets, databases, financial files, human resources files, and accounts receivable/payable files.” Try to do backup information automatically. At the very least, make a point to do a backup every week.

Every week during the month of October, the Department of Homeland Security will be educating us on the importance of cyber security and sharing tools and resources we need to stay safe online.

Here’s a breakdown of each week’s focus:

  • October 2-6, 2017 –  Simple Steps to Online Safety
  • October 9-13, 2017 – Cybersecurity in the Workplace is Everyone’s Business
  • October 16-20, 2017 – Today’s Predictions for Tomorrow’s Internet
  • October 23-27, 2017 –  The Internet Wants YOU: Consider a Career in Cybersecurity
  • October 30-31, 2017 – Protecting Critical Infrastructure from Cyber Threats

Did you enjoy these Tips?  If so,

Please leave a comment, like, or share this article

We live for comments…….

Security First & Associates


Honesty is Always Best Policy when completing the SF-86

Honesty is Always Best Policy on SF-86 There has been a lot of conversation about exactly what information you need to disclose when applying for a security clearance—specifically an SF-86. The Personal Conduct guidelines are quite clear: deliberate omission, concealment, or falsification of relevant facts from any personnel security questionnaire, personal history statement, or similar…

Why High-Security Organizations May be at Risk for Insider Threats

Why High-Security Organizations May be at Risk for Insider Threats   In an article from The Stanford News a quote recently caught my attention: “For companies, an insider threat from an employee can be an economic disaster. For a government unit, an insider threat can quickly become a dangerous national security issue.”   We often…

Are YOU an Insider Threat

As a security professional, I spend a lot of time talking to businesses about how they can create more safe and secure environments. Lately, I’ve been talking a lot about insider threats and what companies’ large and small need to do to keep themselves protected. But, this month, I am changing gears a bit. Instead…

Who Should Be on Your Insider Threat Risk Team?

Who Should Be on Your Insider Threat Risk Team? As a security professional, I have written a lot about the growing risk of insider threats—especially for small- to medium-sized companies who may not have the resources to dedicate one team member to this issue. Does your company fall into this category? Even if you don’t…

Why Protecting Against Insider Threats also Protects Against Workplace Violence

Why Protecting Against Insider Threats also Protects Against Workplace Violence   According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), nearly 2 million employees are victims of workplace violence each year. An even more startling statistic is that between January 2009 and July 2015, there were 133 mass shootings in the workplace. No wonder violence…

Security Clearance Salaries on the Rise

Security Clearance Salaries on the Rise  According to a recent article from, those currently holding security clearances could see their salaries increase in 2017.  You ask Why?  Several factors are having an impact on security clearance salaries including:  OPM Breach—this caused some to leave the market creating a “backlog of background investigations.”  If you…

New Executive Order Updates Security Clearance Process

New Executive Order Updates Security Clearance Process As President Barack Obama prepared to leave office on January 20th, he signed an executive order that updates the structure and process for issuing security clearances. According to Federal News Radio, the order more clearly outlines the Office of Personnel Management’s (OPM) responsibilities in this process including: Open…

New Change to Psychological Health Question on the SF-86

In November, the Director of National Intelligence James Clapper issued Revised Instructions for Completing Question 21, Standard Form 86, “Questionnaire for National Security Positions,” ES 2013-00242 in hopes of making it clear that “mental health treatment is not a detriment to holding or maintaining a security clearance.” Section 21 of the SF-86 has long been…

Insider Threat Monitoring Rules for Federal Contractors

Insider Threat Monitoring Rules for Federal Contractors Reminder that your must certify to DSS that your company has appointment an Insider Threat Program by Today – November 30, 2016.  All Federal contractors holding facility clearances face new insider threat monitoring rules that will require them to gather, integrate, and report relevant and available information indicative of…