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You shall not pass ! ( Tips on how to create a strong password that you’ll remember)

October 31, 2018 5:39:14 PM EDT / by Solène Gabellec posted in Cybersecurity 101, Cybersecurity Fundamentals

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In cybersecurity, one of the good habits to acquire is the ability of creating unique and strong passwords. Indeed, your enemy isn’t a lonely hacker in the darkness of his bedroom trying a password one by one. Your enemy is a program able to assimilate enormous databases of common passwords or random combinations of characters.

So why do you need a strong password ? Mainly to avoid breaks-in that could lead to the loss of your personal data and sensitive information. Once someones breaks your password, the quantity of information available can be significant with major consequences in your private life.

In order to avoid such an inconvenience, I offer you these guidelines on how to build a safe and strong password to prevent attacks.

 The traditional way

  • A minimum of 12 characters : Your password has to be loooooooooooooong in order to be safe. 12 characters is the minimum required.
  • Use symbols, numbers, capital-letters and lower-case letters.
  • Do not use simple words or a combination of simple words. “mouse” as a password isn’t safe at all and “mousecat” either.
  • Do not put personal information inside your passwords. It is really easy to know your mother name or your date of birth with all the information available on the Internet. Avoiding personal details is always better.

 Here’s a trick just for you:

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The Human Firewall is your answer to one of the biggest Cybersecurity Problems.

October 31, 2018 12:16:43 PM EDT / by Joe Mangano posted in Cybersecurity Fundamentals, Cybersecurity 101, Cyber Education

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Several years ago, at an RSA Cybersecurity Conference, then FBI Director, Robert Mueller  gave a presentation  about the  FBI combating threats and cyber crime,  where he became noted for his quote, "that there two types of companies: those that have been hacked and those that will be. And even they are converging into one category: companies that have been hacked and will be hacked again".

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CyberSecurity 101. Six ways to improve your first line of cyber defense - your employees.

October 19, 2018 5:43:55 PM EDT / by Joe Mangano posted in Cybersecurity 101, Cyber Education, Cybersecurity Awareness

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In cybersecurity your first line of defense will be your weakest link, unless you reinforce it. 

What is the most important position in football? Many would say the quarterback, right?

After all, their job description includes: reading the defense; adjusting the plays; handing off the ball and making those awe inspiring, crowd cheering amazing touchdown passes. They also happen to be paid the highest salary on the team.

So, they must have the most important job, right?

Instead, I think the most important job could be that of the offensive linemen.

If the offensive line doesn't do their job well and they don't stop the defensive players (the attackers), then what happens to the quarterback? A sack. Ouch! Or, a fumble. Opps. Or, a touchback. Drat. Or even worst, an injured quarterback. Big big ouch!

Well, there is a similar analogy in business. Think of any employee that uses the internet as your 'offensive line'. One of their important jobs is to block attempts by cybercriminals (aka, the defensive attackers) to get through the line (company network) and allow them to 'sack your business'.

Your employees are your company's first line of cyber defense.

But are they taking the steps needed to keep their company data secure? How can you improve their buy-in to the importance of being a crucial part of shielding against cyber attackers?

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CyberSecurity 101 - A Cyber Privacy Parable

October 16, 2018 5:31:26 PM EDT / by Joe Mangano posted in Cybersecurity 101, Cyber Education, Cyber Humor

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Here at Knogin, we take cybersecurity very seriously.  Personal information, company data, employee information,  financial records, sensitive customer files and more, all need to be carefully guarded and protected using the latest and most effective cybersecurity technologies.  We are laser-focused in building these tools and cybersecurity technologies at Knogin.

Entrepreneur  Magazine published an serious article on ways to protect your personal privacy in social media.  It's well worth a 4 minute read here.

The truth is, here at Knogin, we like to have a bit of fun too. When we find something  that can blend cyber education and humor  we like to share it with our readers.   

We've all heard the importance of protecting our privacy by being careful about what we post online.  Here is a short video story that explains why...... 

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Is your business a target for a cyberattack?

October 15, 2018 6:41:19 PM EDT / by Joe Mangano posted in Small Business, Cybersecurity Awareness, Cybersecurity Fundamentals, Cybersecurity 101

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Think your small business is too small to be a target for a cyber attack?

Think again.

Small businesses are one of the biggest and most vulnerable targets because personnel, budget and technologies continue to be insufficient to have a strong security policy.

According to the Better Business Bureau (BBB) 36% of business that reported being a target of a cyberattack in 2017 ended up losing money. The average loss for smaller businesses from these cyberattacks is estimated to be  $79,841 USD.

Cybersecurity threats are real and businesses must implement the fundamental tools and tactics to protect themselves, their customers, and their data.  But, what are the fundamentals?

Here is some very good news. 

Some of the most fundamental actions you can take to improve your organization's level of cybersecurity can be accomplished for free or a nominal cost. Some of these may already be in place. 

But, are you covering all the  bases?   
Are you securing all fundamental areas that a cybercriminal might exploit?

Let's say that on Friday, you installed a brand new alarm systems in your business.  But, since the alarm company was in a rush and you wanted to save a few dollars,  you decided not to install a sensor on that really high window that you are 100% sure that no one can ever reach.  Seems like a reasonable trade off, right?

Wrong.  

On Monday, you discover that over the weekend, your business was broken into and robbed, but yet, your alarm was never triggered.  How is that possible?  Ah, it was that 'high window'.  And  just think, for the cost or an additional alarm sensor, that window could have been protected also.

Moral of the story? 

Don't assume criminals won't find a way in, when there is something they want.  Instead, take the time to understand and cover all the fundamental bases  in your cybersecurity. 

What are the cybersecurity fundamentals that your company should implement?

We have 10 of them for you.    Click here and download our report:   'Cybersecurity 101: Ten Cybersecurity Fundamentals for Small Businesses'.

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