Happy Cyber Security Awareness Month.
Posted by Mr. Michael Salyer, IT Analyst, Credit Union Resources, Inc on 10/10/2017

I’m betting few of you know that October is Cyber Security Awareness Month.  However I am willing to bet that most of you have heard of the cyber security breach at Equifax, in which the personal information of over 143 million people was compromised. The effect of this breach and the importance of patching was covered in Kevin Hood’s blog from last month.


Cyber security awareness isn’t limited to just patching. Protecting your information, both business and personal, must also be a top priority. Take these simple actions at work and at home to help keep you, your identity, and your information safer online:

  • Treat your personal information like money – value it and be cautious about how apps and websites collect it from you.
  • Regularly update the software on your Internet-connected devices, including PCs, smartphones, and tablets, to reduce the risk of infection from malware.
  • Talk with your family, friends, and community about the importance of Internet safety.
  • Control and limit who can see your information online by checking the privacy and security settings on your accounts and apps.
  • Be cautious about what you receive or read online; if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

BizTech Magazine suggests the following, also covered in our information security risk assessment is regarding physical and operational security for your credit union:

  • Instill a culture of security – This starts with building a security culture and employee awareness.
  • Invest in security gates and doors – this can include limiting access through control of security access cards or smart locks.
  • Monitor your systems and space – placing security cameras at important points in the office, and having access to the live feed and recordings.
  • Getting alerts with alarms – selecting an appropriate alarm system for your business that will notify of intrusions, and offer the use of individual access codes.
  • Focus on the server room – if your servers are located in a closet or small room in your facilities, investing in a security gate is significantly less expensive that the potential costs of unauthorized access.

Cyber security awareness is not merely the purview of IT professionals. Credit union employees at every level must be constantly aware of cyber threats. Although during our risk assessments we will assist you in identifying these threats and making recommendations for remediation, we are only there once a year and cannot provide year-round monitoring. Constant vigilance is the key to keeping both your home and credit union information safe.

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