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In the past year, there have been several cyber-security attacks, in which entire networks have been shut down and sensitive information has been held for ransom. Multiple school districts were affected by “Malware,” which compromised accounts, infected computer systems, and executed unauthorized tasks. Homeland Safety Systems recognizes the importance of educating our clients on cyber security methods to ensure that they are always protected.
How Can You Protect Yourself from Cyber Attacks?
Keep a Clean Machine – Having the latest security software, web browser and operating system are the best defenses against malware and other online threats
Plug and Scan – USB keys and other external devices can be infected by malware, so always use your security software to scan them.
Configure Your Browser and Email Settings – Block active content like ActiveX, Java, scripting, pop-ups and other potentially harmful content.
Be Mindful of What You Download– Hackers often use social engineering to trick people into installing malware, so exercise caution when downloading anything from public websites or newsgroups.
When in Doubt, Throw It Out– Links in emails, tweets, posts and online advertising are often used to compromise your computer. Regardless of whether you know the source, if it looks suspicious, delete the message or mark it as junk mail.
Potential System Vulnerabilities
The National Defense Act (NDAA) took effect January 1, 2019. This act bans the use of certain companies and brand names, such as Dahua and Hikvision, that are commonly used by security surveillance equipment installers. Telecommunications equipment from Huawei, Hytera, and ZTE are also banned. In 2017, one company removed hundreds of Hikvision and Dahua cameras and found a secret “back door” in the devices. This “back door” enables an outside party to exploit their way into the system, as well as download personal information. Members of Congress believe that banning these products will bring manufacturing back to the United States and shield us from dangerous cyber-security attacks.