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Seven Simple Steps to Online Security

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The benefits of our online world are undeniable, but there are risks. Here are seven 'rules of the road' for online safety.

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Seven Simple Steps to Online Security

  1. 1. Seven Simple Steps to Online Security
  2. 2. Conn Ó Muíneacháin • Media & Communications • Software Engineer • Radio Producer & Podcaster • @conn • blacknight.blog • blacknight.blog/podcast • Digital Media Awards Grand Prix 2007 • PPI Radio Bronze Award 2013 • Irish Blog Awards 2006, 2007 Labhair Gaeilge Liom
  3. 3. Life is Good in The Cloud • Convenience • Flexibility • Mobility • Collaboration
  4. 4. The More Complex the Technology The greater the opportunity for things to go wrong
  5. 5. To Err is Human ... ... but to really screw things up you need a computer
  6. 6. It’s Common Sense We need a “Rules of the Road” for online safety
  7. 7. Seven Simple Rules 1. Software 2. Devices 3. Passwords 4. Multi-Factor Authentication 5. Secure Communication 6. Don't Get Phished 7. Don't Share
  8. 8. 1. Software • Software Updates • Beware of ‘free’ software • Anti-Virus • Website software updates
  9. 9. 2. Devices • Lock your screen • Encrypt removable storage devices (BitLocker) • Always scan for viruses when you attach a device • Observe office policies regarding external devices • ISO 27001 Information Security Management
  10. 10. 3. Passwords • Never use the same password on multiple sites • The longer the password the better • Vary upper and lower case letters, numbers and punctuation characters • The more complex a password, the more difficult it is to remember • Don’t write it down!
  11. 11. 3. Passwords • Four-random-word password: • the words should be truly random • Choose unique, complex passwords and keep them in a password safe (e.g. LastPass) • Choose a strong, but memorable, password for the password safe. Memorise it.
  12. 12. 4. Multi-Factor • Multi-Factor Authentication • E.g. ATM card with PIN number • Two factors: • something you have (the card) • something you know (the PIN)
  13. 13. 4. Multi-Factor • Blacknight’s User Control Panel • Office 365 • Common methods include sending a code via SMS to user’s mobile phone, or using an app such as Authy or Google Authenticator on your phone to generate a one- time code for the subscription you require. • PSD2 EU Payment Services Directive
  14. 14. 5. Secure Communication • Digital Security Certificates (SSL Certs) • https://blacknight.com • The ‘s’ stands for ‘secure’
  15. 15. 6. Don’t Get Phished • Fake emails – pretending to be from someone you trust • Don’t click on the link • Also ‘voice phishing’ – vishing • ‘Smishing’ – via SMS text message
  16. 16. 6. Don’t Get Phished • Bad grammar • Look carefully at the link https:// yourbank.ie.fakesite.com / dont-click-this
  17. 17. 7. Don’t Share • Don’t tell everyone on Facebook you’re going on holiday • Your Birthday is Personally Identifiable Information • ‘Friends Only’ is not safe. How well do you know them all? • Are they all who they say they are?
  18. 18. 7. Don’t Share
  19. 19. Seven Simple Rules 1. Software 2. Devices 3. Passwords 4. Multi-Factor Authentication 5. Secure Communication 6. Don't Get Phished 7. Don't Share
  20. 20. Three Basic Principles • Privacy • Encryption • Software
  21. 21. IT’S A GOOD THING! GDPR
  22. 22. More information A detailed post covering all the points raised in this presentation is available on blacknight.blog at bk.ie/7
  23. 23. #DOMAINS #HOSTING #EMAIL

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