Recently I was at a briefing by the Federal Bureau of Investigation New York Office, which went over an array of “white collar” crimes. The crimes covered:
- Stealing data from ATM machines with a fake, card swipe device
credit card data using a portal credit card swipe machine (double
swiping at a restaurant for example – one legit and one not)
- Con artists who prey on unsuspecting people, especially the elderly, to steal their money
- All sorts of digital theft.
- and more…
Business have to be reminded (hence this post) that your precious
business data, be it customer information, your own personal data
(social security numbers, credit cards numbers, etc), contracts,
banking information and so much more are all accessible via the
Internet in many cases.
It is critical that you ensure you and your staff are safe computer users.
This is where security starts, first and foremost. Where the
individual is aware of her digital surroundings. Not clicking on email
messages, “from your bank” and not giving out your social security
number to the “IRS”
It is also important that you work with a local computer consultant
to ENSURE that your network, computers, mobile devices and peripherals
Melih Abdulhayoglu, CEO of Comodo (an
internet security and services company) said that another smart thing
businesses can do to protect themselves is to ensure that their bank
account access and other sensitive information has a two levels of
security. Passwords is level one. But your bank and other account
providers should also enable you to have another level of
authentication – such as picking an image, picking a phrase, inputting
Your password alone, is often not enough protection. But having a
double layer of authentication will further harden your information and
make it much more difficult for hackers to steal your data.