When was the last time you left the garage open on your way out of the house? How about the last time you left your front door unlocked before turning in for the night and going to bed? I would bet you are having a hard time recalling an example. When it comes to keeping ourselves and our belongings safe, we rarely forget to protect ourselves. So why is it that when it comes to cybersecurity, we tend to fall short? As Cybersecurity Awareness Month comes to a close, we have the opportunity to reflect on all the learnings this month provides. This year’s theme — “Do your part, #BeCyberSmart” — is especially timely because, truth be told, it takes a village to achieve meaningful change, including building and sustaining good cybersecurity habits. Cybersecurity can be a daunting and complicated concept, especially given the rapid uptick in cybercrime and the unique challenges we’ve faced over the past several months. As with most things in life, simpler is better when it comes to cybersecurity tools and tactics. As one last Cybersecurity Awareness Month treat, here are a few simple tips to help you and your organization do your part: Use VPN – A secure VPN connection enables the security team to protect your system and sensitive data. Secure your home network – After purchasing a WiFi router, be sure to change the name and default password to a strong, unique password or passphrase. You should also enable network encryption and leverage security features like built-in firewalls. Each router is slightly different; refer to the manual for additional direction. “Cybersecurity is everyone’s job. Here are a few simple tips to help you and your organization do your part.ShareRecognize your weak link – Endpoint devices can be a weak link in the security chain and they need to be protected as such. Selecting devices with security built in and endpoint security solutions that take the same intrinsic security approach will provide a secure foundation. Label and limit – Restrict access to sensitive data and organize your documents. At Dell, our team members use our Data Labeling and Protection Tool to categorize documents. If you must print sensitive materials, only do so at a secure location and immediately shred them when you are done. Choose wisely – Create unique and complex passwords that include at least nine characters and use a combination of letters, numbers and symbols. Consider using a password manager to help generate and retrieve complex passwords. You can go a step further and use biometrics and multifactor authentication alongside a password for additional security. Be suspicious – Think before you click! Avoid opening attachments and links in emails if they seem out of place. If you are unsure, it’s better to err on the side of caution and report any suspicious emails. At Dell Technologies, we recognize that for our team members to do their part, we must provide them with the knowledge and resources to make educated, secure decisions. In a landscape as revolutionary, fast-changing and complex as cybersecurity, it is critical we stay agile and do our part to protect ourselves and those around us. Although October is almost over, the lessons we learned this month should be practiced every day. Cybersecurity begins and ends with you; your desktop, network and server are only as secure as your actions allow. Let’s continue to do our part and #BeCyberSmart every day of the year.
WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Canadian fashion mogul Peter Nygard will remain in jail for at least another week despite his lawyers laying out an updated bail plan. Nyard, was arrested last month on U.S. charges that alleging he sexually abused women and girls after luring them into his orbit with opportunities in fashion and modeling over the last 25 years. The U.S. wants him extradited. Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Shawn Greenberg says she needs time to decide whether Nygard should be released and has reserved her decision until Feb. 5.
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey’s foreign minister says he hopes the United States will return to the nuclear deal with Iran under U.S. President Joe Biden’s administration and that sanctions imposed on Iran will be lifted. Mevlut Cavusoglu made the comments on Friday during a joint news conference in Istanbul with his Iranian counterpart, Javad Zarif. Former U.S. President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew America from Iran’s nuclear deal in 2018. Under the deal Tehran had agreed to limit its uranium enrichment in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions. After the U.S. then ramped up sanctions, Iran gradually and publicly abandoned the deal’s limits on its nuclear development.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The Texas Department of Public Safety is apologizing after accidentally sending out an Amber Alert about Chucky, the killer doll featured in the 1980s horror film “Child’s Play.” The alert was meant to be an internal test, but it was instead sent out three times last week in Texas. The alert identified Chucky as the suspect in the kidnapping of 5-year-old Glen Ray, who was Chucky’s son in the film “Seed of Chucky.” The alert described Chucky as a doll wearing “blue denim overalls with multi-colored striped long sleeve shirt wielding a huge kitchen knife.”
BANGKOK (AP) — The military coup in Myanmar is unlikely to do the country’s struggling economy any good at all. The country once considered a promising last frontier has languished as the pandemic added to its challenges. Economists say the prospect of fresh sanctions in the wake of this week’s coup will only make things tougher. It’s unclear if support from China will make up for lost business due to the increased political risks and potential for turmoil if public anger over the ouster of popular Aung San Suu Kyi and fellow civilian leaders erupts in mass protests. The coup likely will prove to be a huge setback to efforts to improve Myanmar’s investment environment, curb crony capitalism and build a more sustainable path to growth.