In light of the recent cyberattack that targeted Mark Zuckerberg’s social media accounts, it’s become clear that no one is safe from data breaches – not even the King of Facebook! What we can all learn from this event is that we can’t sit back and assume our information is safe.
In Zuckerberg’s case, it was reported that he used “dadada” as a frequent password. As embarrassing as that may be, we can all probably admit to using similar passwords that make it easy for hackers to crack the code. We need to take action and stop being reckless with things as little as our passwords. Below are three cyber security tips that even Mark Zuckerberg could use:
1. Put an Effective Plan into Play
Putting together a plan of action is essential because it prevents further information from being stolen. Talk to a team of experts throughout various departments (PR, legal, financial, IT) and make sure everyone knows their role if a data breach were to occur.
Practicing this plan can help things run more smoothly and can fix any faults found in the original plan. From there, you can adjust the plan and be completely prepared for chaos to strike.
2. Monitor and Track Your Data
It’s always a good idea to keep your data on lock down with eyes on it at all times. Collecting your network traffic data is a really effective measure against a data breach. Also, if a breach were to occur, you can use this data to find out exactly where it happened and what was hit.
3. Train Employees
A lot of people don’t realize that data breaches can and often do occur due to internal mistakes and employee lack of judgment. The best way to prevent careless mistakes is to train employees on security best practices. The easiest and most important way that employees can stand guard against attacks is to USE STRONG PASSWORDS. Did I say that loud enough??
SplashData, a company that compiles a list of millions of stolen passwords each year, found that the top two most stolen passwords for 2015 are “123456” and “password.” My personal favorite is “starwars,” which fell at number 25.
It is important to make sure employees use unique passwords and change them up between various platforms so they don’t become a part of SplashData’s list. Also, express to employees that company passwords are not to be shared under any circumstances.
If you’ve made it this far without falling victim to a data breach, that’s great! But you never know what’s just around the corner – Be prepared and always protect your valuable data. For more information on other ways you can keep your data secure, connect with one of our business process experts below!