By Steven Luczynski, Chief Information Security Officer, T-Rex Solutions.
As we near the end of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, #BeCyberSmart, series, I’ll cover the last component of this year’s campaign theme.
Discussions about cybersecurity typically focus only on the “virtual” aspects of concerns and threats that originate through our interactions with our devices or online, such as emails and e-commerce. We should not forget that physical security is a key element in securing our data. No one wants to leave their work or personal laptop and/or cellphone unattended, so that it might be stolen, or misplaced so poorly it is just plain lost.
Our employees are taught the importance of not logging into their T-Rex devices then leaving them unattended, whether working at the office or another location. A brief moment away from a device is more than enough time for protected data to be exposed or a malicious file to be added. This practice also applies when teleworking from home since the obligation to protect our corporate and customer data remains the same.
Again, the applicability of this habit carries over to our personal devices. Locking a laptop/phone as you step away from them while you are away from home will go a long way in securing your personal information.
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Other articles in our Cybersecurity Awareness Month Series:
Intro to Cybersecurity Awareness Month
Cybersecurity Awareness Month Series: Secure IT
Cybersecurity Awareness Month: Secure IT with Passwords
Cybersecurity Awareness Series Finale