There’s not a hotter topic than Cyber Security these days. Do you want to learn more about it?
Download some of these cool educational posters for sharing with staff around your workplace.
Right here on The Fulcrum Group website, we regularly point clients to any relevant security alerts or discovered breaches, which are broadcast on our blog (and publicized over all of our social media channels).
IT practitioners can turn to the National Institutes of Standards and Technologies Special Publications on computer security. Sometimes called the 800 series, these documents cover topics such as best practices in doing security assessments, security in virtual environments and suggestions for securing cloud environments.
Learn more about security locally by attending North Texas InfraGard events. Founded as an alliance between the FBI, security community and organizations like the yours, quarterly meetings help attendees understand the rapidly evolving threats using technology.
If you plan on focusing most of your efforts on securing your systems, consider that for every server, there 5-50 end users on PCs, laptops, and tablets that need your help understanding how to help protect the network. Start a security awareness campaign using content from the Department of Homeland Security’s STOP.THINK.CONNECT program. All kinds of resources are here for you – from a comprehensive Tips & Advice area to Twitter Chats, past and present. Get involved!
If you’d like to know where your company stands in its preparedness from a security standpoint, feel free to check out all the technology audit solutions we offer.
Some of Fulcrum Group’s Most Frequented Security Resources:
NIST security guides – deep dives into best practices. They recently updated their beliefs on what good password policy is
US Computer Emergency Readiness Team – Government threat intelligence geared more for executives.
Krebs on Security – Good security blog, more geared for IT Managers.
Have I Been Pwned – Plug in your email address to see if your accounts may have been compromised somewhere and perhaps missed a notification.
(ISC)2 – New community for security practitioners around the CISSP credentials.
Verizon Data Breach Investigation Reports – Reports on security trends, lessons learned and metrics from past actual breaches.
SANS Institute Common Security Terms – what’s the difference between Trojans, Worms and Ransomware? Find out here.
SANS Institute Information Security Resource Center – from white papers to tools to tips of the day – most everything security related can be found here.
Daily ISC Stormcast – a daily network security update from the Internet Storm Center.
Tips to prevent Scams and Malware Attacks:
US-CERT and CCIRC recommend users and administrators take the following preventive measures to protect their computer networks from ransomware infection:
- Perform regular backups of all critical information to limit the impact of data or system loss and to help expedite the recovery process. Ideally, this data should be kept on a separate device, and backups should be stored offline.
- Maintain up-to-date anti-virus software.
- Keep your operating system and software up-to-date with the latest patches.
- Do not follow unsolicited web links in email. Refer to the Security Tip Avoiding Social Engineering and Phishing Attacks for more information on social engineering attacks.
- Use caution when opening email attachments. For information on safely handling email attachments, see Recognizing and Avoiding Email Scams.
- Follow safe practices when browsing the web. See Good Security Habits and Safeguarding Your Data for additional details.
- Some helpful downloadable educational posters can be found on our website, for your staff and workplace.
Individuals or organizations are not encouraged to pay the ransom, as this does not guarantee files will be released. Report instances of fraud to the FBI at the Internet Crime Complaint Center or contact the CCIRC
Find out how you can take part in efforts to help strengthen your online community at The Department of Homeland Security.
We’ve always got a lot to say about security, so you’ll find it in many places around our site, including our blog (especially during the month of October), our events page, and current and past newsletters.
Scan all of our resources and let us know if we can be of further help!