Security Awareness 101

Security Awareness 101

Keep Information Security Strategies Simple

This time in 2021, I thought all I needed to protect my digital presence online was a Multi-Factor Authentication process backed up with a VPN and a password manager. Yes, these tools and techniques help prevent data leakage but keeping I.T. Security Simple could be as simple as '123'.

However, there is an aspect of a security breach we can't eliminate. This factor is Human Error. During my hands-on training, the expression "hmmm" escaped my thoughts more than I could count.

Here are a few tips that come in handy when we K.I.S.S.

  • Avoid using an obvious password or the same password for personal or work accounts across the web and application as much as possible. Fun fact! A friend hacked into my old Hotmail account back in the day because I used my pet's name as a security check question.

  • Change your passwords periodically. You see that security notification that nudges you to check your security; don't click the '❌' sign in a hurry.

  • Keep your passwords private. Don't share it with your best mate, spouse or colleague. Not that they are shady, but you may not be aware of the 'Adversary in the Middle' eavesdropping on your conversations.

  • Curiosity can hinder Business Operations. "What does this cursor or command line or button do?". Ensure you don't confuse curiosity with a lack of security awareness. If unsure about the security implications when accessing a website or using an application - seek the help of an I.T. security expert or I.T. personnel within your team. Don't be a Pheobe - you are not in Dexter's Laboratory.

  • Beware of phishing and vishing attacks - voice or email. If you were not expecting a document, voice note, or winning prize from a raffle draw, sail away like Orinoco flow.

  • Avoid downloading any working app on a device not authorized by corporate. Work only on your corporate network platform; doing so will put your mind at ease. You don't have to take work home via the cloud, either.

Below is a fun clip from Mimecast on KISS - Keeping I.T. Security Simple. You can follow the link -

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