By Terry Corbell
The Biz Coach
Tips For Internet Security to Prepare you for New Cyber Attacks
Updated June 3, 2013
Do you need more evidence to be diligent in using best practices for security on the Internet?
Consider four examples:
1. According to a Web security study in 2013, Internet attacks are impacting businesses, with the majority of them reporting significant effects in the form of increased help desk time, reduced employee productivity and disruption of business activities.
2. As much as $1 million was reportedly stolen and given to charity after thousands of credit card numbers and other personal information were hacked from security think tank Stratfor by the furtive cyber group calling itself Anonymous. (Of course, all it did was hurt the charities because they had to expend valuable resources – time and money – in refunding money to the credit card holders.)
3. Bloomberg reported that commerce is active on criminal trading sites – as much as $3.50 is paid for each stolen credit card.
4. US-CERT reports that spear-phishing attacks have been launched on members of the United States Automobile Association (USAA). Cybercriminals are trying to trick USAA members into opening e-mails by using “Deposit Posted” in the subject line. The e-mails are designed to trick USAA members into opening attachments that contain malware. Once unleashed, the activated malware invades the victims’ computers searching for their sensitive personal information.
“Readers should remain on alert to keep safe from attacks by following the following three basic rules,” writes nationally recognized security expert, Dr. Stan Stahl of Citadel Information Group in Los Angeles.
His basic rules:
- Do not open attachments in emails unless the email is expected. Do not click on links in unexpected emails. Attachments and links can be booby-trapped. When in doubt check with the sender.
- Keep systems updated with the latest software versions.
- Keep anti-malware solutions up-to-date. Consider moving to advanced host-based intrusion prevention.
You can sign up for his “Weekly Patch and Vulnerability Report” and his blog at www.citadel-information.com.
Actually, most small businesses make you vulnerable to credit card fraud and identity theft. So businesses need to be diligent, too, and prepare with precautions and response philosophy.
(Note: I’m very familiar with Dr. Stahl’s expertise. He is a fellow member of Consultants West, www.consultantswest.com, a roundtable of veteran consultants in the Los Angeles area.)
From the Coach’s Corner, here are more resource links:
- Security Precautions to Take Following Citibank’s Second Reported Online Breach
- Why Many Healthcare Workers Are Responsible for Alarming Trend: Medical ID Theft
- Lesson about Passwords after Theft of 16,000+ UCLA Patient Records
“You can’t hold firewalls and intrusion detection systems accountable. You can only hold people accountable.”
Author Terry Corbell has written innumerable online business-enhancement articles, and is a business-performance consultant and profit professional. Click here to see his management services. For a complimentary chat about your business situation or to schedule him as a speaker, consultant or author, please contact Terry.