Here at Phil Richard Insurance, we know that Cyber Security is a growing issue.

In response to recent studies that show approximately 73% of all Americans have been a victim of cyber crime, Massachusetts has designated the month of October 2015 as National Cyber Security Awareness Month.

Here are some important words from the Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security, Alejandro Mayorkas:

“Cyber security is a top priority for the Dept. of Homeland Security. Cyber threats are increasing in their frequency, scale, and level of sophistication. Each American is a key part of our nation’s first line of defense in minimizing the impact of cyber attacks. I encourage everyone to recognize the role they play in making the Internet safer and more secure by practicing good cyber habits at home, work, school and on the go.”

Making Your Work Place More Cyber Secure

Follow these tips to help keep your online data safe at the office:

  • Make all passwords complex and be sure to implement a policy in which they are changed regularly. If you are in the insurance industry, look into the initiative, SignOn Once.
  • Only open emails or attachments from people you know.
  • Think about creating electronic and or physical back-ups or copies of your company’s most important data or work.
  • Keep an up-to-date computer, meaning that all computer programs and software are updated in a timely fashion
  • Use a screen saver on your office computer that activates within a maximum of 15 minutes after no keyboard or mouse activity. This helps avoid a vulnerable workstation resulting from an impromptu absence from your office due to a meeting, etc.
  • Lock your computer each evening by pressing “CTRL+ALT+DELETE” then select “Lock this computer”

For more information, visit the Dept. of Homeland Security Cyber Security site.