On May 20, 2020 BlueWave Resource Partners hosted a panel of industry leaders, including our very own, Ryan Royal (CTO, interviewstream) to discuss how to keep your digital information safe in the current remote environment. In case you missed it, we put together some key highlights from the discussion for all those currently navigating the world of cybersecurity.
The world of technology, specifically cybersecurity, is not necessarily a topic everyone is familiar with. Most of us have a handle on the ins and outs of online platforms, as well as the programs and technology that we use on a daily basis, however, beyond that, the world of tech security can be a bit foreign (and sometimes a bit frightening).
Let’s ground first in what we mean by cybersecurity (I myself had to do a little research). To put it simply, it is how we protect any sensitive data on our computers and networks from theft or damage.
So, why is it important for us #hrtech folks out there? Because all companies with an online presence, no matter how big or how small, are at risk of a cyberattack which can be a financial, physical, and legal disaster – not to mention a potential public relations snafu.
When the panel sat down to chat, they shared a few common phishing scams that they’re consistently seeing. These email attacks allow attackers to gain access to your passwords, account numbers, or social security information, allowing them further access to anything they want. These phishing scams include things like:
Many employees know not to fall for it, however, there’s always a chance that a team member could miss the obvious phishing attempt – all it takes is one click.
Cyber crimes increase drastically when the economy has issues, which we all know is the world’s current state. The threats are often financially motivated (as in they want access to your company’s funds). Not surprisingly, the number of attackers will usually increase at a time when businesses are in the process of cutting back on funding to critical programs like cybersecurity. Last, in the midst of this pandemic, many organizations have had to pivot to remote work, creating a decentralized workforce that increases the risk of infosec challenges and poses an even greater threat.
According to the panel, small businesses are often the most vulnerable. Some helpful tips on how all companies can protect themselves from cyber crimes included:
The most important take-away is that everyone is vulnerable to cyber attacks, even more so right now. It doesn’t matter who you are, someone will find your data valuable. Leverage your resources and be cautious – we here at interviewstream will be double checking our security to ensure we have strong defense tactics! 👊
Thank you to Ryan Royal, CTO interviewstream, Michael Anaya, Head of Cyber Risk Expanse, Bart Gasiorowski, VP Fortress Information Security, Danny Jenkins, CEO ThreatLocker and Bill Swearingen, Security Strategist IronNet CyberSecurity for sharing your knowledge on keeping our data safe in the current remote work environment. And finally, thank you to BlueWave Resource Partners for hosting another great LinkedIn Live chat that we were thrilled to join!
Esteban Gomez is a marketing consultant with interviewstream. He loves learning and has a passion for traveling, having visited many countries including China, Colombia, Italy, and Peru.