With October being Cyber Security Awareness Month we wanted to share some information to help better safeguard yourself from a cyber attack.
All businesses and organizations, even those with the most sophisticated systems, are susceptible to a cyber attack or data breach. No system is fool-proof to the human element of a staff member unwittingly opening an email attachment containing a virus, theft of paper files or losing a laptop containing private customer information. Events like these happen every day and can have a significant impact on your customers, bottom line or reputation. We want to raise your awareness of this growing risk so your business or organization can be better prepared in the event of a cyber attack.
Cyberspace is woven into the fabric of our daily lives and the world is more interconnected today than ever before. We enjoy the benefits and convenience that cyberspace provides as we shop from home online, bank using our smart phones, and interact with friends from around the world through social networks. The Department of Homeland Security is committed to raising cybersecurity awareness across the nation and to working across all levels of government, the private sector, and internationally to protect against and respond to cyber incidents.
As Americans become more reliant on modern technology, we also become more vulnerable to cyber crimes such as:
- Identity Theft: The illegal use of someone else’s personal information in order to obtain money or credit.
- Fraud: The intentional distortion of truth in order to benefit with something of value.
- Phishing: A scam by which an email user is duped into revealing personal or confidential information that the scammer can use illicitly or fraudulently.
- Social Media Fraud: Cyber criminals increasingly use social media to engage in identity theft and entice individuals to download malicious code or reveal passwords.
- Corporate Security Breaches: The majority of corporate security breaches occur when hackers exploit employees through social engineering and scams.
- Spear Phishing: Hackers target employees through emails that appear to be from colleagues within their own organizations, allowing cyber criminals to steal personal information.
Contact your local agent for more information on cyber insurance solutions.
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