IT Security DOs and DON'Ts


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IT Security DOs and DON'Ts

  1. 1. IT Security DOs and DON’TsFrom your helpful IT Team
  2. 2. A note for youWe have created this presentation for you, the outstanding employee who hasIT security on the brain.We want to help you spread the word about IT security, so we’re giving you ourtop 10 IT Security DOs and DON’Ts to help you in that effort.Take this content and tailor it to your business. Use it for new employeetraining, quarterly IT updates, or even general company meetings. It’s up to you.And we’d love to hear your feedback on how we can make this better.Visit friends @ SOPHOS
  3. 3. 1. Don’t be tricked into givingaway confidential information• Don’t respond to emails or phone calls requesting confidential company information• Always keep in mind that bad guys are successful because they are convincing.• Recent news stories out of Canada reported scammers were tricking people into giving away information with fake tech support calls claiming to help.• Keep on guard and report any suspicious activity to IT.Video tip 1: Don’t get tricked
  4. 4. 2. Don’t use an unprotectedcomputer• When you access sensitive information from a non-secure computer you put the information you’re viewing at risk.• Malicious software exists that allows people to easily snoop on what you’re doing online when accessing unprotected sites.• If you’re unsure if the computer you’re using is safe, don’t use it to access corporate or sensitive data. Keep your personal computer safe with Sophos Virus Removal Tool or Sophos Anti-virus for Mac Home EditionVideo tip 2: Stay secure
  5. 5. 3. Don’t leave sensitive info lyingaround the office• Don’t leave printouts containing private information on your desk. It’s easy for a visitor to glance at your desk and see sensitive documents.• Keep your desk tidy and documents locked away or shredded when no longer needed.• It makes the office look more organized, and reduces the risk of information leaks.Video tip 3: Put things away
  6. 6. 4. Lock your computer andmobile phone when not in use• Always lock your computer and mobile phone when you’re not using them. You work on important things, and we want to make sure they stay safe and secure.• Locking these devices keeps both your personal information and the company’s data and contacts safe from prying eyes.Video tip 4: Lock it
  7. 7. 5. Stay alert and report suspiciousactivity• Sometimes suspicious activity isn’t as obvious as we think.• A recent news story reported that a supermarket manager, who was randomly befriended by a mysterious woman on Facebook, ended up on a “date” with two men who overpowered him and robbed his store.• Be cautious of people you dont know asking for things, especially online.• Always report any suspicious activity to IT. If something goes wrong, the faster we know about it, the faster we can deal with it.Video tip 5: Stay alert
  8. 8. 6. Password-protect sensitivefiles and devices• Always password-protect sensitive files on your computer, USB flash drive, smartphone, laptop, etc.• Losing a device can happen to anyone. But by protecting your device with strong passwords, you make it difficult for someone to break in and steal data.Video tip 6: Protect it
  9. 9. 7. Always use hard-to-guesspasswords• Many people use obvious passwords like “password,” “cat,” or obvious character sequences on the qwerty keyboard like “asdfg.”• Create complex passwords by including different letter cases, numbers, and even punctuation.• Try to use different passwords for different websites and computers. So if one gets hacked, your other accounts aren’t compromised.Video tip 7: Use strong passwords
  10. 10. 8. Be cautious of suspiciousemails and links• Hackers try to steal email lists from companies, which happened recently to Toshiba. Company email addresses are valuable to attackers, allowing them to create fake emails from "real people.“• Always delete suspicious emails from people you dont know. And never click on the links.• Opening these emails or clicking on links in them can compromise your computer without you ever knowing it.Video tip 8: Think first
  11. 11. 9. Don’t plug in personal deviceswithout the OK from IT• Don’t plug in personal devices such as USBs, MP3 players and smartphones without permission from IT.• Even a brand new iPod or USB flash drive could be infected with a nasty virus.• These devices can be compromised with code waiting to launch as soon as you plug them into a computer.• Talk to IT about your devices and Protect your personal Android device with let them make the call. Sophos Mobile Security Free EditionVideo tip 9: Dont plug it in
  12. 12. 10. Don’t install unauthorizedprograms on your work computer• Malicious applications often pose as legitimate programs like games, tools or even antivirus software.• They aim to fool you into infecting your computer or network.• If you like an application and think it will be useful, contact us and we’ll look into it for you.Video tip 10: Don’t install it
  13. 13. Get moreIT Security DOs and DON’TsView the online handbook at quick tips to create strong passwordsConnect with on