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October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month

The month of October has been designated as National Cyber Security Awareness Month (#NCSAM).  For the next month, we will cover varying #Cyber360 topics to business and personal cyber security as part of ItsEmc² dedication to fighting cyber crime and keeping you and your business safe.

Start today and think about all the items that are in your business or personal life that are connected to the world wide Internet.  These items range from your everyday cell phone, desktop computer, server, etc. to your point-of-sale, thermostat, even refrigerators.

How secure are they?  Think about it, most people get a device get home and plug it in, maybe make a few changes to make it work and don’t even give a thought about security.  This where you are likely to be hurt.  Not changing the default password and if possible the default user can provide a gateway into you network, computers, and information!

Make a list of everything connected in your business/home that is connected to the Internet.  Even if you hired IT experts to manage your IT, you should have a copy of what everything is in your network.

Start from the point where it comes into your house and document each item and the other items it is connected to.  Check to make sure that the default usernames and password have been set to something else on each piece of equipment. As you make the changes to the usernames and passwords annotate the list.

When you have compiled everything, building a network diagram is a logical next step.  They can be as simple as this hand drawn (amusing diagram) found on Tech Republic.

Hand drawn network diagram.



However there are several tools available to help build these professional looking diagrams. Check out this TechRepublic article for a list of popular ones (5 of which are free.)

Once the list is made, save it and update it when you add or remove items that connect to your business/home wired and wireless network.

Finally, secure the list.  Place it in an envelope then seal it.  Store it in a safe or in an area only accessible to those people that need to know that information.

Speaking of need to know.  What is it?  We’ll cover that another time.

Be safe and perform your Cyber360.

About the Author

Chris Wolski author

Chris Wolski is the founder and principle consultant of the small business and municipality focused cyber security firm 360 Degree Cyber Security, LLC. He is currently certified by International Information System Security Certification Consortium as a Certified Information Systems Security Professional and by the SANS Institute as a Global Industrial Cyber Security Professional. Active in the information security community, Chris volunteers his time at BSides Delaware and to various individuals seeking to be mentored in cybersecurity. He is frequently researching industrial devices to discover weaknesses that would present a problem for users of those devices. Chris obtained his start in cyber security in the U.S. Navy where he served in various information security and signals intelligence roles over his 20 year career. He left government service after serving in a position to develop cyber threat intelligence against industrial controls and later on the Joint Chiefs of Staff as a cyber incident handler. Chris has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Cybersecurity from University of Maryland University College and is currently pursuing a Master in Business Administration, also at the University of Maryland University College.

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