It's important to be mindful of future online activities to ensure that you remain free from any cybersecurity risks. By maintaining consistent awareness of digital activities, you may be able to prevent, mitigate, and effectively respond to any possible cybersecurity risks that may occur.
These can result from suspicious emails, file downloads, open wireless networks, or websites. It is everyone’s responsibility to be diligent and aware of potential threats to ensure a secure work environment for the College.
Tips to Ensure Cyber Security in the Future:
Cybersecurity risks can happen to anyone, anywhere, at any time. It’s vital to constantly stay aware, in order to take appropriate steps should a cybersecurity threat materialize in your computer network. Remember that although email phishing attempts, suspicious downloads, and questionable websites act as primary risks, cyber criminals are always looking for new ways to compromise digital security.
Tips to staying aware of cybersecurity threats:
- Watch out for emails asking for confidential information, or with a link to a website asking for personal or confidential information.
- Use an updated anti-virus program to scan any email attachments or file downloads, and regularly scan your computer network.
- Review your search browser’s security and privacy settings.
- Turn off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth networks when not in use.
- Maintain password security.
As technology and the Internet continue to evolve, so do the possible threats. Make sure that you stay informed about current cybersecurity risks, and the actions you can take to prevent or minimize them. This will help ensure a secure working environment for you, your colleagues, and the College.
Tips to remaining current about cybersecurity risks:
- Stay up to date about the most recent cybersecurity risks and trends.
- Ensure your anti-virus, internet browser, and operating system are updated to the latest version.
- Visit the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security for the latest news. https://cyber.gc.ca/en/
Avoid downloading any unauthorized or questionable files. Cyber criminals use malicious software, known as malware, to find ways to compromise your computer network and personal information.
Tips to avoid suspicious file downloads and unsecure websites:
- Never download illegal files such as movies, music, or software.
- Be aware of links and pop-ups asking for permission to download or install software to your computer.
- Only visit secure websites that start with “https”.
- Schedule your updated ant-virus software to regularly scan for malware and viruses.