October is National Cyber Security MonthSubmitted by Prosperity Advisors on October 12th, 2018
by Scott Sirois
October is National Cyber Security Month and as such, makes for a timely opportunity to review and number of practices you should be doing in your home and work.
It all starts with awareness.
Cyber criminals count on the fact that busy people perform hundreds, if not thousands, of daily actions on a computer or device connected to the internet and they know that most of those actions are performed automatically and without much thought.
It’s been said, the most dangerous act we perform is the mouse click (or finger tap.)
US Air Force Colonel John Boyd developed a decision cycle called OODA, which stands for observe, orient, decide and act. We think it is a very good practice to adopt when online in any capacity.
Before you click, tap, open, download or provide information online, take a moment and apply the OODA decision cycle. A few seconds of pause and thought could save you many a headache later.
One of the areas where a rash click could inflict much harm is in the context of emails. Fraudulent email (“phishing”) continues to be the most widely used tool through which scammers attempt to acquire your personal and confidential information. To better guard yourself against these scammers, think of email as an acronym …
Examine - Message - And - Inspect - Link
Don’t be so busy or quick with your emails. Take a minute to examine the email. Are you expecting the email? Are there misspellings? Are there threats? What about the grammar?
And when it comes to links, attachments or forms … don’t click or complete unless you have conducted your OODA first.
Practice safe cyber security this month … and every month.