The CyberSecure My Business™ Review is a monthly newsletter for organizations highlighting recent headlines in cybersecurity news, resources and upcoming events.
Business Cybersecurity in the News
Protecting Small Businesses: IRS Warns That Tax Season Brings Security Risks
It’s tax season, which means particular risks when it comes to tax filing, according to the Internal Revenue Services (IRS). The agency has confirmed a growth in the number of attempts to access employee W-2 forms in order to steal personal information and identities. Reporter Joyce Rosenberg shares tax safety tips from the IRS, including avoiding sending W-2 forms or employee information to others without making sure the recipients are legitimate, reporting W-2 scam emails and accessing the IRS’ and partner resources to get their tax information in order in a safer and more secure manner.
A Pragmatic Approach to Fixing Cybersecurity: 5 Steps
As Mike McConnell and Patrick Gorman write, “the digital infrastructure that supports our economy, protects our national security and empowers our society must be made more secure, more trusted and more reliable.” The authors propose – and elaborate on – several steps that government and business should take immediately.
What Is Web Security and Why Is It Important for Your Website
Nick Ismail shares a few things an organization can do to make its website as secure as possible and protect it from hackers. His tips include making sure you’re registered as the owner of your domain name, encrypting your website and following strong password and authentication practices.
Quiz: Is Your Business a Target for Fraud?
Business News Daily
With the increasing prevalence of online and mobile commerce come more fraudulent transactions, according to Kevin Lee, trust and safety architect at Sift Science; this means it’s more important than ever to be aware of your business’ cyber risks. This piece shares five questions to answer in order to evaluate a business’ cybersecurity posture, including how customer returns are handled and whether two-factor authentication is in place.
Cybersecurity Hygiene: 17 Steps Your Business Should Be Taking Now
With a growing number of cyberattacks targeting businesses and the rapid expansion of the Internet of Things, it’s critical for business owners to follow good cyber hygiene practices. Chuck Wilson, executive director of the National Systems Contractors Association, shares a checklist to help businesses take steps to protect themselves – including performing cybersecurity technology audits, regularly using (up-to-date) anti-virus software, conducting internal risk audits and leveraging computer security experts to assess potentially vulnerable points.
AI in the Workplace: How Digital Assistants Impact Cybersecurity
Digital assistants like the Amazon Echo and Google Home have exploded in popularity over the last couple of years, making their way into more and more people’s homes, and are starting to make the transition to the business world. Journalist Sage Singleton examines the potential implications of business use of artificial intelligence (AI) for privacy and security. Since AI tools use voice recognition to function, they are always listening even when not in use, which could easily allow corporate espionage and identity theft. Additionally, since devices may not use end-to-end encryption, data could be vulnerable to third-party mining. Singleton outlines these concerns and potential solutions and steps for protecting your business from attack.
Resources From Our Partners and Friends
- A Comprehensive Online Safety Guide for Your Business: The Small Business Forum shares guidelines and tips for businesses on a number of safety and security issues, including authentication payments, message encryption, working with third-party security providers and developing an incident response strategy.
Tuesday, Feb. 13
2:00-3:00 p.m. EST/11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PST
Join a webinar hosted by NCSA – as part of the CyberSecure My Business™ program – to learn about how to respond when a cyber incident happens. Resources are available to help you improve the cybersecurity of your business.
Tuesday, March 13
2:00-3:00 p.m. EDT/11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PDT
Join a webinar hosted by NCSA – as part of the CyberSecure My Business™ program – to learn about recovering from a cyber incident. Resources are available to help you improve the cybersecurity of your business.
#ChatSTC Twitter Chat: Now Matters – How Are You Fighting Cyber Threats?
Tuesday, April 17
2:00-3:00 p.m. EDT/11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PDT
In today’s rapidly evolving cyber ecosystem, you could wake up tomorrow having been breached. There’s no time to waste in guarding your organization against online threats, and every person and organization plays a role in securing the internet. This Twitter chat – live from RSA Conference – will gather security experts from around the world to discuss what industry and government are doing to prevent, respond to and recover from cyber threats and how we can all foster a culture of cybersecurity awareness. Use #ChatSTC to join!