Monday, October 5, 2015

Celebrate! - A Culture of Security

   It's time again to celebrate that wonderful US event... Happy Cyber Security Awareness month!  This partnership between Homeland Security, NCSA (National Cyber Security Alliance) and the MS-ISAC (Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center) is an opportunity to recognize the importance of information security.  It started in 2003 as a way to build awareness for online security and privacy and to encourage individuals, business and government.

   This month I'll be putting out weekly posts connected with the weekly themes put together by DHS.  This week the theme is creating a culture of security.

   The message is simple... in the workplace security is a team sport.  All organizations have customers, patients, systems and data to protect.  To accomplish this, security must be part of everyone's job.

   It doesn't have to be difficult!  There are some simple things we can all do as part of our day-to-day work to protect customers, patients, systems and data.

   Here's a simple set of tips from DHS for data protection in the workplace:

  1. Follow the company security policies.
  2. Choose good, long, complex, unique passwords.
  3. Change your password according to policy.
  4. Don't share passwords!
  5. Use care with emails, links and attachments.
  6. Never install or connect any personal software or hardware to your organization’s network
    or hardware without permission from your IT department.
  7. Make sure your work is backed up.
  8. Report all suspicious or unusual problems with your computer to your IT department.
   Here's a pdf version for your wallpapering and viewing pleasure!

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