Cybersecurity and data theft:
5 simple precautions that don’t cost a thing

Cloud computing and remote work create situations conducive to data breaches. Many companies believe they don’t have the resources to invest in cybersecurity. But the basic precautions listed below don’t cost a penny!

1. Turn on automatic updates.

Operating systems and software regularly issue updates that address some security vulnerabilities. However, when such patches are released, cybercriminals know that systems which have not yet been updated are vulnerable! If your IT department allows it, turn on automatic updates as soon as possible to protect your workstations.

2. Choose complex passwords.

Remind your teams that a password needs to have at least 12 characters, and include a combination of upper-case and lower-case letters, numbers, and punctuation marks. Passwords should also be changed regularly. Avoid using the same password on more than one platform.

3. Collect the least possible amount of personal information.

Only store information essential to your activities, and allow your employees to access only the data they require in order to do their jobs. Information you don’t have can’t be stolen!

4. Use two-factor authentication.

Add one more level of security by requiring users to enter a confirmation code sent by email or text message before they can log in to your information technology systems.

5. Talk to your insurance provider.

Your insurance broker or provider will be able to provide you with more information about cyber-risks specific to your industry, offer in-service training and suggest other measures you might implement.