Every year, Safer Internet Day (SID) is celebrated on the second day, of the second week, of the second month. In 2022, the 19th edition of the Safer Internet Day falls on 8th February, Tuesday. This campaign aims at raising awareness on emerging online issues and current concerns such as cyberbullying, social networking, and digital identity. The global theme for the day is “Together for a better internet.” Started in Europe in 2004, the day is now celebrated in more than 200 countries. This observance helps make the internet a safer and better place for all, for children, young people as well as offices. Such campaigns help make cybersecurity everyone’s responsibility.
With the rise in remote work, virtual meetings, and SaaS adoption, cybersecurity attacks are also increasing. As an experienced data entry company dealing with diverse important client data, we’re aware of malware campaigns such as ransomware, spearphishing, and sideloading attacks and we take the necessary steps to protect our data and use the internet in a much safer way. A Gartner prediction report highlights that 60% of organizations will use cybersecurity risk as a primary determinant in conducting third-party transactions and business engagements.
For any businesses using the internet, it is important to keep your workplace safe online, improve your organization’s cybersecurity defense, and minimize the risk of cyber-attacks.
Cybersecurity Tips to Keep Your Workplace Safe
- Consider password-protection and encryption to protect your data. Make sure to limit the access of other employees or unauthorized departments to sensitive data. Use strong passwords. Lock your computer, phone, and other devices with at least eight-character passwords. Beyond passwords, consider two-factor authentication as an important layer of defense.
- Avoid using public Wi-Fi, instead choose a more secure option. Opt for a VPN (Virtualized Personal Network), which acts as a secure tunnel over the internet, encrypting traffic.
- Keep all software current with automatic updates and install all security updates. Use antivirus software in computer and smartphone devices.
- Protect your internet connection with firewall security. Never open suspicious emails and never download attachments from unknown senders.
- Above all, train your staff on internet best practices and cybersecurity essentials. As security threats change regularly, the awareness of safe practices of the employees also needs to change. Provide a guideline on cybersecurity. Security awareness training programs help train employees on topics like phishing, two-factor authentication, and more.
- Backup the data. To improve safety, digitize paper records and store them in the cloud. Paper documents are vulnerable to natural disasters, and are difficult to access. Document scanning companies can provide the necessary support to convert even huge volume of paper records into the required electronic format.
Working online can leave your company vulnerable to cyber-attacks. It is also important to make sure that while outsourcing tasks such as document conversion, data entry, legal coding or any other back office tasks, the company you’re partnering with has relevant internet security and data protection policies in place.