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Week 2 - Securing Devices at Home & Work

Working from home opens new security risks. It is important to secure your work devices as much as it is important to secure your personal home devices. To protect yourself from becoming a cybercrime victim you must understand, secure, and maintain your digital profile. Be familiar with and routinely check privacy settings to help protect your privacy and limit cyber crimes. 

Below are a few tips to help keep your work secure:

  • Treat business information as personal information. You wouldn't give out your personal information so do not give out business information or any personally identifiable information (PII).
  • Do not make passwords easy to guess. When you create passwords be sure to pick a password that is not easily guessed. 
  • Be up to date. Make sure to keep all of your machines up to date with the latest software. You can also set up your machines to auto-update, this will eliminate the process of manually doing this to all your devices. 
  • Social media is part of the fraud tool set. Employees should avoid sharing any business information on social media, or conduct official business, exchange payment, or share PII. 
  • It only takes one time. In most circumstances, data breaches are caused by a single security vulnerability, phishing attempt, or incidence of accidental exposure. 

Online Privacy 

The internet has become a universal tool many companies have adopted into their lives. From banking to medical records the internet has become a useful tool to hold information. #BeCyberSmart when sharing any personal information online to reduce the risk of becoming a cybercrime victim. 

Did You Know? 

  • 45% of Americans have had their personal information compromised by a data breach in the last five years. 
  • 70% of Americans feel that their personal information is less secure than it was five years ago, up from 49% just two years ago.
  • 72% of Americans believe that most of what they’re doing while online is being tracked by advertisers, technology firms and other companies.
  • Over half of Americans (52%) say they have decided not to use a product or service because they were worried about how much personal information was being collected about them.

Multi-Factor Authentication

One of easiest ways to protect your devices is by using multi-factor authentication. Below is some information regarding MFA.

What is Multi-Factor Authentication?

Multi-factor authentication adds a second layer of security to your online accounts. Verifying your identity using a second factor (like your phone or other mobile devices) prevents anyone but you from logging in, even if they know your password. CSUN uses Duo multi-factor authentication for any application that stores or processes Level 1 Confidential information. Please visit Duo Multi-Factor Authentication for more information. 


Return to October National Cyber-Security Awareness Month 

Follow along each week of October as we give tips to help keep your online life safe and secure. Share your appreciation for NCSAM with #BeCyberSmart and #CyberAware.

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