Since October marked National Cyber Security Awareness Month, why am I blogging about it now, in November? You might think it’s because I’m a Dalmatian, so I don’t have a calendar. But, in fact, the real reason is that the importance of cyber security is a topic that deserves our attention all year round.
Since nearly everything any of us do these days is tied, at least in some way, to computers, cyber security efforts are important for man and beast, alike. If one part of your system takes a hit, the whole thing can collapse. So, in the same way we stress the importance of stopping the spread of infectious diseases by taking action early on, we want to make sure that everyone understands that stopping cyber-threats in their tracks will also save time and money.
The National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) reports that small businesses’ cyber-security policies and actions are not adequate to ensure the safety of their employees’ intellectual property and customer data. I’m not sure what intellectual property is. But it sounds like something worth protecting.
The Department of Homeland Security offers tips for cyber-security:
- Keeping your software up to date. This is an easy way to guard against a cyber attack.
- Set your computer to automatically update your virus protection software.
- Regularly update your operating system and software.
- Back up your files. If you have important files stored on your computer, copy them onto a removable disc and store it in a safe place. But I wonder. If you have files that are not important, why are you keeping them at all?
For more ideas about how to stop cyber terrorists, check out the tips we cover on the corporate blog at RJ Westmore, Inc. We encourage property managers and owners to think about cyber security.
And check back here often for updates about cyber security and other important safety issues. We hope these tips will help you to BE SAFE.