Cyber Security Awareness Month - Be Cyber Smart

Thu, 10/07/2021 - 10:58
by Lawrence Dwyer, Cyber Security Analyst at Crum & Forster

As our lives have increasingly become more dependent on technology, the importance of cyber security and basic cyber hygiene has also increased in significance. Nearly all personal and business data is kept on internet-connected devices so protection of this data is key. In this post, I will review some best practices we can implement to ensure your information is kept secure.

Passwords are one of the most basic building blocks in endpoint and software security. The first computer password was pioneered by MIT researchers in the early 60’s. What’s funny is, the earliest case of password theft originated in this same lab. One of the researchers ran a command to print all user passwords. He then used this to logon to the director’s account and left messages for other users, impersonating the director. Computer password theft is as old as the invention of computers and, as long as computers continue to exist, there will always be those attempting to steal your password. It’s for this reason that we must protect our passwords by implementing basic security measures: following the corporate password policy, using 2 factor authentication, and not reusing the same password across multiple accounts. As a refresher, it is best to have a combination of uppercase letters, lowercase letters, numeric characters, and symbols with a minimum of eight characters. One way I find it is easy to follow the password policy, reduce password reuse, and ensure secure storage of passwords is to use a password manager solution. For personal accounts, there are multiple secure solutions out there such as LastPass, 1Password, and Bitwarden.

For more information on Cyber Security Awareness Month, visit the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency.

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