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Making the Most of National Cyber Security Day

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Nowhere does this Benjamin Franklin truism prove itself more than cyber security. Every November 30th, businesses around the world are encouraged to celebrate Cyber Security Day by reviewing their cyber security plans and training employees to be more aware of potential online threats. Another key part to any cyber strategy is cyber liability insurance.

Here are some simple tips to help businesses make the most of National Cyber Security Day.

Do not connect to unsecured Wi-Fi networks

We find this tip is one of the hardest for businesses and employees to follow. Free Wi-Fi is just too convenient. Whether it's at the airport or a coffee shop, these networks are dangerously tempting for getting some quick work done. However, unsecured Wi-Fi networks—those that have no password or easily obtained passwords—are primed for hacking. Even something as simple as checking work e-mail from these networks can allow cyber criminals access to sensitive information. If you must have Wi-Fi on the go, we recommend using your smartphone as a hot spot with a backup battery charger.

Take advantage of automatic security updates

Keeping your computers, laptops, tablets, and smartphones secure is vital to any cyber security strategy. All devices must be protected in two ways. One is with updated operating software, and the second is with antivirus software. This means you need two types of automatic updates, e.g., Windows updates and McAfee antivirus updates. With workplace devices, the easiest way to stay secure is to allow automatic updates between off-work hours, usually overnight. Be sure that employees secure their personal devices if they do any work from them.

Consider switching antivirus software

For most consumers, the prepackaged antivirus that came with our computer is the one we tend to keep. However, businesses may need protection above the average consumer's needs. Lesser-known antivirus names like Avast, Bit Defender, TrendMicro, Avira, or Sophos may be a better fit for your business. You can also consider upgrading your standard software to a small business plan, such as Norton's.

Choosing Cyber Liability Insurance

Even the best-laid plans can be foiled by cyber criminals. Their full-time job is breaking into your system, and they are constantly changing their tactics and strategies. Even giants like Target, Home Depot, Equifax, Uber, and other corporations with sizable IT budgets can fall victim. What has saved these companies from going under is their cyber liability insurance. These policies can help keep afloat businesses big and small by paying for data recovery, consumer notification, lawyers' fees, government fines, and other associated costs. This Cyber Security Day is a great time to work with an experienced agent to find the right cyber liability policy.

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