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Hello, it’s Ben here, bringing you a quick 12 essential tips during the festive holiday season.
As we get into the holiday spirit and “The 12 Days of Christmas” melody becomes a regular tune and you’re trying to avoid hearing Wham, it’s the perfect time for IT professionals and individuals to perform critical checks on their IT systems. The holidays are a crucial period to ensure the security and efficiency of these systems. So, let’s dive into a 12-day countdown of cybersecurity checks:
Day 12: Software and System Updates
Start your countdown by updating all systems and software. Apply the latest security patches to safeguard against known vulnerabilities.
Day 11: Password Enhancement Revisit and upgrade your passwords.
Choose complex, unique passwords and consider using a password manager for heightened security.
Day 10: Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA)
Implement or reinforce MFA on all vital systems and accounts, adding an extra layer of security beyond just passwords.
Day 9: Data Backup
Make sure all-important data is securely backed up, either in the cloud, on external hard drives, or ideally, both.
Day 8: Phishing Awareness
Send out reminders to your team about the risks of phishing, particularly with an increase in holiday-themed scam emails.
Day 7: Review Access Privileges
Conduct an audit and update user access privileges to ensure employees only have the necessary access for their roles.
Day 6: Secure Mobile Devices
Check and secure mobile devices connected to your network, including enabling security measures like encryption and remote wipe capabilities.
Day 5: Test Your Security Systems
Carry out a thorough assessment of your cybersecurity measures, such as firewalls, antivirus programs, and intrusion detection systems.
Day 4: Plan for Incidents
Review and update your incident response plan, ensuring everyone knows their roles in the event of a cybersecurity incident.
Day 3: Secure Physical Assets
Ensure that all physical assets, like servers and workstations, are secure and that your office premises are safe.
Day 2: Employee Communication
Communicate with all employees, reminding them to remain vigilant and to report any suspicious activity, even during the holidays.
Day 1: Reflect, Unwind, and Finalize Network Security
On the final day, reflect on your cybersecurity efforts for the year, relax, as you leave for the day take that final step to secure your network. Turn off the broadcast of your Access Points (AP) to prevent your Wi-Fi network from being visible and accessible if it’s not needed. In areas where necessary, reduce the power of the APs to minimize signal range to limit exposure outside of the company premises. This final action reduces a potential for wifi attack’s on your environment during the holiday.
As we wrap up our “12 Days of Cybersecurity,” remember that securing our IT systems is a continuous process. Enjoy the festive season with the family with peace of mind you have established strong foundations for a secure digital environment. Happy holidays, and may your days be merry, bright, and cyber-secure! 🎄✨🔒
Author: Ben Large