Major steps to avoid EHS Data Incident at Local Company


EHS incidents are common at local companies. Many firms which handle data, especially information about employees, are required to have EHS measures in place that ensure safe working conditions for all of their workers, including protection against electronic threats that target these companies.

Recently a local company faced the threat of an EHS Data breach when one of its computers was hacked and sensitive employee information was stolen by unknown cybercriminals. Once breached this computer caused the company at least $17 million in damages and could potentially affect over 10000 people which might be affected with illness or deterioration of health due to exposure to contaminants such as dust, allergens, molds, etc.

So here are some of the steps to avoid EHS Data incidents at Local Companies:

Keep your PC software updated

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Software updates can fix existing security vulnerabilities to help you prevent attackers from gaining access to your computer. Make sure that the software on your home or office PCs is up-to-date, especially web browsers, Adobe Flash Player, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, and Apple Safari. These are the most targeted by cybercriminals since they are widely used across all platforms (desktop/laptops/mobiles).

Install an advanced anti-malware solution & make it run in the background continuously

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With advanced anti-malware solutions installed onto your devices, you will be protected against almost any type of threats out there including viruses, spyware, adware, and hackers trying to gain into your system. It should also run in the background continuously to protect you from threats that try to download malware or infect your device when you visit a website.

Backup all of your data

If you do not have a backup system in place, now is the time to implement one! Any business should have a solid plan for backing up their essential programs and files, but it’s important for individuals too. Computers can fail at any time without warning which is why it’s smart to be prepared and back up every day so if anything happens you’ll always have an up-to-date copy of your work on hand. You can do this manually by copying files onto an external hard drive, USB flash drive, or CDs/DVDs, while many software programs will do this automatically for you. If your company makes regular backups, ensure that they are secure too.

Train employees on security practices

Take the time to train your staff on how to spot suspicious emails and their contents as well as how to avoid downloading attachments from unknown sources. Also, take the time to explain why it is important that they never click on links or open attachments within an unsolicited email – again, most of these will be malicious and designed specifically to steal information which can lead to a data breach. Put in place a policy that explains what happens if a vulnerable employee falls victim to such an attack and provide ongoing guidance and annual training sessions so that all members of staff maintain awareness about cyber threats at all times.

Use a secure password manager to create & manage complex passwords

It is highly recommended that you use a secure password manager which can generate, store and enter passwords into your various accounts. The most important tip here is to have different passwords for each of your accounts and to change them regularly. Remember, if one account is compromised it will affect the others too so a strong password manager solution will help you keep all these credentials safe from attackers.

Regularly check your bank statements for unusual transactions or charges

Checking bank/credit card statements regularly is crucial as it allows you to spot any suspicious transactions as quickly as possible. This way you will be able to report them as soon as they appear on your statement which might help to stop them before they can cause any damage.

Avoid keeping your passwords on pieces of paper or sticky notes

This is one of the most common mistakes companies make – especially small businesses. If you are using sticky notes, enter the password into your computer immediately after writing it down. But never store where everyone can see it!

Do not allow unauthorized devices to connect to company networks/computers

Never allow unknown devices (laptops, mobile phones, USB sticks, or tablets) to be connected to your network without first scanning them for malware and viruses. Also, check that they do not auto-connect without your approval.

Conclusion

Ehs data incidents are very common and can cause serious problems, not only for businesses but for home users too. Cyber-criminals are becoming more and more savvy every day that passes, which is why it’s important to be mindful about how you approach online security at all times. By following the tips above you will ensure that your data remains safe from many types of threats whether they come in the form of an email, malware-infected website, or something sneaky downloaded on purpose.

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