CISA: Best Cybersecurity Practices for the Holiday Season | Ron Benvenisti

I know I have been redundant with publishing cyber warning articles, but I want to make sure the message reaches as many TLS readers as possible. So… here comes my latest reminder.

No matter what ethnic group or faith you are, this is the season that everyone needs to vigilant and stay cyber safe.

CISA and the Federal Bureau of Investigation issued a cybersecurity reminder for public and private sector organizations to remain vigilant and take appropriate precautions to reduce their risk of ransomware and other cyberattacks. Malicious cyber actors have often taken advantage of holidays and weekends to disrupt networks and systems belonging to organizations, businesses, and critical infrastructure.

Best practice recommendations in the alert include:

  • Identify information technology security employees available during weekends and holidays.
  • Implement multi-factor authentication for remote access and administrative accounts.
  • Mandate strong passwords and ensure they are not reused across multiple accounts.
  • Ensure the security of remote desktop protocol if they are used.
  • Remind employees not to click on suspicious links.
  • Review and update ransomware incident response and communication plans.

During this time of year, it is especially important to take proactive cybersecurity measures. Simple steps include:

  • Check devices: Use strong passwords, update software, and turn on multi-factor authentication.
  • Shop only through trusted sources: Think about how and where to make purchases online.
  • Recognize phishing scams: Don’t click unknown links or download attachments. Never provide password, personal or financial information in response to an unsolicited email.
  • Use safe methods for purchases: Never provide financial information when using public Wi-Fi. Use a credit card instead of a debit card and check account statements frequently.

Season’s greetings and blessings to all.

Ron

 

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2 COMMENTS

  1. I’ve been getting a lot more of these types of warnings pop ups lately. Some are like the red one you show and others basically say the same thing.
    I learned my lesson the hard way when I once proceeded to the web site which basically trashed my phone into a useless brick. I had to back to Verizon to reset the whole thing. I lost all my contacts, emails, calendar and bookmarks. I was able to download my apps again when I remembered my gmail account and password. Thanks. I hope others take this seriously.

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