Cybersecurity Resolutions for the New Year

How many of last year’s cybersecurity resolutions did you actually deploy in 2018?  Not as many as you had hoped?

The new year gives us the opportunity to plan and deploy the computer and network security upgrades we need to implement to protect us from the exploits of cyber-criminals and other bad actors.  What is on your list?  Going to start using a password manager?  Signing up for two-factor authentication?  Starting to use encryption?  Or adding a security proxy?  Moving from a simple firewall to a unified threat management system?  Maybe this year we will really get them done!!

Here’s my list:

Authentication

  • Use a password manager
  • Long passwords of at least 12 characters
  • Use passwords randomly generated by your password manager
  • Set up a two-factor authentication app or USB key
  • Enroll in two-factor authentication at web sites and services that support it.

Encryption

  • Add a TLS certificate to your website to provide for encrypted communications.
  • Use the encrypted ports for email.
  • Turn on Bitlocker encryption for your computer or laptop.
  • Encrypt contents of on-line databases.
  • Encrypt all data in storage devices
  • Encrypt everything.

Web filter proxy

There of course are other initiatives that you could add to your own cybersecurity to-do list.  Please leave your comment to share what plans your company has for 2019.

 

 

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Cybersecurity analyst, pen-tester, trainer, and speaker. Owner of the WyzCo Group Inc. In addition to consulting on security products and services, Bob also conducts security audits, compliance audits, vulnerability assessments and penetration tests. Bob also teaches Cybersecurity Awareness Training classes. Bob works as an instruction for CompTIA’s non-profit IT-Ready Program in the Twin Cities. IT-Ready is a tuition free 8-week program designed to teach students of all ages the fundamentals of IT support to prepare them for an entry level position in Information Technology Support. Graduates of the classes take the exams to become CompTIA A+ certified. Bob is a frequent speaker at conferences such as the Minnesota Bloggers Conference, Secure360 Security Conference2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, the (ISC)2 World Congress 2016, and the ISSA International Conference 2017, and many local community organizations, including Chambers of Commerce, SCORE, and several school districts. Bob has been blogging on cybersecurity since 2006 at http://wyzguyscybersecurity.com

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