If you get an aggressive phone call from “the IRS” demanding money or your personal information, you likely are the target of a phone scam. So how do I know if it is really the IRS? According to the IRS, THEY WILL NEVER:
Cyber criminals have learned that the easiest way to hack your computer or steal your data is to mislead you. In this newsletter, you will learn how these type of “social engineering” attacks try to trick you and what you can do to protect yourself (and the City of LA).
- Keep up-to-date with OS and software patches Updates keep you safe from the known security holes that malicious hackers use to gain access to your systems and data.
- Regularly backup your data Data backups protect you in the event of accidental data loss or corruption (i.e. Ransomware): http://bit.ly/data-backup-options
- Maintain Access Controls Limiting access to only what your users need to perform their duties is not only a good policy but it might help save the exposure of your most sensitive data in the event of a breach.
- Keep detailed logs from systems and applications Keep a complete record of what happens in your systems. This is both useful for security and troubleshooting purposes.
- Educate and train your employees: Human error contributes to approximately 95% of successful cybersecurity breaches. Keep your users educated on acceptable use, Social Engineering, and what to watch out for to identify the latest cyber attacks.