For the first week of Cybersecurity Awareness Month, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) encourages you to “Be Cyber Smart.” And the agency offers plenty of common-sense tips to help increase your cybersecurity intelligence.

Businesses face significant potential financial loss when a cyberattack occurs. Over the last year, for example, a sharp increase was reported in cyberattacks that penetrate businesses using stolen logins and passwords. Cybercriminals often rely on human error—employees failing to install software patches or clicking on malicious links—to gain access to systems.  

From top leadership to the newest employee, cybersecurity requires the vigilance of everyone to keep data, customers, and capital safe and secure.  

One way is through multi-factor authentication (MFA). This is a solution 2W Tech’s cybersecurity experts hammer home nonstop with our clients. MFA is simply technology that requires both a password and one of the following to log in: a call, email, or text containing a code. By applying these principles of verification to your personal and work accounts, you can easily secure your information and identity online.  

Remote work is more prevalent than ever, so making sure your telecommuting employees are protecting their personal devices is of utmost importance. Countless home devices—including thermostats, door locks, coffee machines and smoke alarms—are working off the same Wi-Fi as computers connected to your corporate IT infrastructure. These advances in technology and intriguing, but they also pose a new set of security risks. 

Creating a strong password is another critical step to protecting yourself online. Using long, complex passwords is one of the easiest ways to defend yourself from cybercrime.  

Although the federal government is shining a light on cybersecurity this month, protecting the attack surface of your IT infrastructure should be a year-round focus for your organization. 2W Tech can help. We have IT consultants on staff with decades of experience in cybersecurity. Contact us today to learn more.

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