More Notes from the Cyber Security Summit 2016

cyber-security-summit-2016On Wednesday we looked at several of the important takeaways from this year’s Cyber Security Summit.  Here are a few more.

  • Small businesses need to stop using public email services such as Gmail, Yahoo, or Hotmail for their business email.  User credentials for 500,000 Yahoo email accounts have been stolen, and it could happen to the others.  If you have a domain name you are using for a web site, then you should have professional business-class email on that domain name.
  • Personally identifying information for customers, clients and employees, and company intellectual property need to be encrypted.
  • Websites and attached databases of information need to be hardened and secured from attacks, and the database should be encrypted.
  • Websites should be using SSL encryption for secure sessions and communications.
  • As small businesses attach web-enabled devices such as thermostats, TVs, video cameras, Wi-Fi routers and access points, etc, this increases the attack surface.
  • The vast majority of attacks start as a phishing email.  Email attacks are becoming more targeted to owners and senior managers.
  • Home offices are being targeted as a weak link in the security operations of a business.

Some of these issues I’ve written about previously, but there are some new issues in the list above.  If there wasn’t enough stuff keeping you awake at night already, this list will certainly add to the load.  But improving your cybersecurity operations is not impossible, and with the right assistance you should be able to make the necessary improvements.

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Cybersecurity analyst, pen-tester, trainer, and speaker. Serving small business owners in the St Paul, Minneapolis, and western Wisconsin area since 2001. Cybersecurity and hacking have been a passion of mine since I entered the computer and networking business in 2000. I hold several cybersecurity certifications including Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Advanced Security Pratitioner (CASP), and Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH). Other computer industry certifications include A+, Network+ and Microsoft Certified System Engineer (MCSE). As Cybersecurity Analyst at The WyzCo Group, I help our clients experience high levels of security on their computers, networks, and websites. In addition to consulting on security products and services, we also conduct security audits, vulnerability assessments and full penetration tests. We also work with companies and organizations that need to certify compliance with regulations such as PCI-DSS (credit card processing), HIPAA/HITECH (medical records), and GLBA. We also provide Cybersecurity Awareness Training for clients and their employees. I am a frequent speakers at cybersecurity conferences such as the Minnesota Bloggers Conference, Secure360 Security Conference, the (ISC)2 World Congress, and the ISSA International Conference, and many local community organizations, Chambers of Commerce, SCORE, and several school districts. I have been blogging on cybersecurity since 2008.

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