How Does Cybersecurity Affect Me (and my business)?

Now the term cybersecurity is plastered all over the news and articles on the internet but… what IS cybersecurity?!

You've seen the data breaches of big companies like DoorDash and Yahoo. You've seen ransomware attacks that have led to city shut-downs in Baltimore, Lake City, and 22 Texas cities just this year. Now the term cybersecurity is plastered all over the news and articles on the internet but… what IS cybersecurity?!

Cybersecurity is simply the practice of protecting (internet connected) systems, networks, and programs from digital attacks. Digital attacks that you have probably heard of (or been affected by) include data breaches and ransomware attacks. Cyber attacks are focused on accessing, changing or destroying confidential information, extorting money from users, or interrupting normal business processes.

Question 1: Do you use the internet? Question 2: Do you have any kind of online account like an email (personal or work), a Facebook (social media), Chase Bank login (banking or credit card account), Comed profile for electricity payment (utility or shopping account), gaming account, or anything else that is online? Then you are prone to cyber attacks and should be informed on different cybersecurity practices.

Why should I care?
If you answered “yes” to one of both of these questions, then cybersecurity is important and will help you. Today we are in a connected world, where most are using technology in some kind way for work, entertainment or communicating with friends/family.

If you use technology/computers, you need to have cybersecurity measures in place. At an individual level, a cybersecurity attack of your personal information (such as through a phishing email), will lead to identity theft, loss of personal data like photos or account information.

On a larger level, a business data breach or ransomware attack can result in shut-downs of services that benefit you like banks, hospitals, power plants, and so much more. Also, business data breaches will expose the data of users. For example, when DoorDash was recently breached, information such as credit card information and residence information were leaked to the public by cyber criminals. It is integral to ensure that your networks are safe whether they are for your personal use or for business/municipality/non-profit.

Stay tuned this month for tips on how to keep your personal and business information secure. In the meantime, are you aware of this free, extra layer of cybersecurity protection called: two- factor authentication, also known as “2FA”. This is something everyone can benefit from and it’s completely free. Learn more about two-factor here, it’s simple to set-up.