Privacy, Security and You

January 28th is recognized as Data Privacy Day and commemorates the Jan. 28, 1981 signing of Convention 108, the first legally binding international treaty dealing with privacy and data protection. In 2022, National Cybersecurity Alliance (NCA) has expanded the Data Privacy Day campaign into Data Privacy Week, a full week-long initiative.

In honor of Data Privacy Week, we want to bring you some ways to help you maintain both privacy and security.

  • Never sharing sensitive information on public forums, especially social media where cybercriminals are on a constant hunt for data.
  • Minding your surroundings when working remotely. Make sure no one can hear your conversations, see your screen, or access anything work-related.
  • Respecting the access granted to you. Never share your passwords or keycard/badge with anyone else. Always properly dispose of sensitive materials when no longer needed.
  • Utilizing strong passwords. A strong password is at least 12 characters long, unique to every account, and never written down or stored in a manner that threatens security.
  • Staying alert for phishing attacks. Carefully inspect all messages for warning signs like bad grammar and threatening language. Think before you click on any links or attachments.
  • Always following policy. There might be no simpler measure of security than following security policies, which were designed to ensure that confidential information remains confidential.

If you think these examples seem obvious or redundant, you’re not mistaken. In fact, arriving at that conclusion illustrates an important point: Maintaining security (and by extension, privacy) isn’t always a complex process. Most of the time, it requires nothing more than a little common sense and situational awareness.


Courtesy of: The Security Awareness Company


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