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It can be scary out there in the digital world. It seems like not a week goes by where we don’t hear about phishing emails, unpatched vulnerabilities, or the latest strain of ransomware exposing the data of millions of people and businesses to the prying eyes of malicious actors. Every person and every business are potential targets with some of the largest companies in the world susceptible to the same vulnerabilities as the average Joe at their home computer (phishing being a prime example). But all is not lost as October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month! What better time to review your cybersecurity practices, discover where you can make improvements, and seize the chance to make positive change? Consider it a fall “spring cleaning” for your digital life and business.
In many ways, Connecticut is a state in search of an identity. Could we become known as the Cybersecurity state? In Europe, some already know us that way. After a very enlightening conversation with Art House, Chief Cybersecurity Risk Officer for the State of Connecticut toward the end of last year, he was gracious enough to come back to the Kelser offices this fall for a follow up interview to give us the latest on the global cybersecurity landscape and how Connecticut fits in.
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A well-known Connecticut business recently hired Kelser to hack them. Here’s how we did it. Over the past year, we’ve been working with Hoffman Auto Group, one of Connecticut’s largest auto dealers, to strengthen their cybersecurity posture and make sure their customer data is as safe as possible. After putting all the latest technology in place, it came time to address employee awareness since most cyber-attacks involve human error.
Last month, I was thrilled to be invited back to the 94.9 FM CBS Radio airwaves for another episode of Real Estate Radio (listen to my first appearance here). I actually love this radio show. It seems so random—a full hour about real estate—but the hosts Byron Lazine and Pat Kenny use real estate as a jumping off point to talk about a wide range of topics that affect quality of life and where people choose to live. This time around we focused on hot topics in the tech world including Facebook privacy and the GDPR, ransomware, and phishing following high-profile cyber attacks in Connecticut.
See if you notice the gap here: according to a recent report, 91% of cyberattacks start with a phishing email, yet cybersecurity training for employees is vastly underutilized in virtually every type of organization. How do you look at that statistic and not run immediately to human resources to make cybersecurity training mandatory for all employees? We can’t be totally sure, but we can offer some great background on the effect employees have on your company’s cybersecurity posture and tips for how to improve with training, and that’s exactly what we’re going to do in this blog post. If you want to act now to begin tightening up the security habits of your employees or coworkers, download our recent complimentary ebook, 10 Simple Things to Improve Your Company's Cybersecurity Posture.
Not too long ago, I was interviewed for a Comcast Business blog post and Inc.com article about Wi-Fi security. As long as the Wi-Fi is up and running, the security of it isn’t something the average person gives a lot of thought to, but improperly secured Wi-Fi networks present a number of unique vulnerabilities hackers can exploit to gain access to sensitive data. To understand Wi-Fi security, it helps to know about these strategies that hackers use.