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Happy Cyber Security Awareness Month
Thursday, October 12, 2017 6:45 AM

Michael Salyer, IT Analyst, Credit Union Resources

I’m betting few of you know that October is Cyber Security Awareness Month. However, I am willing to bet that most of you have heard of the cybersecurity breach at Equifax, in which the personal information of over 143 million people was compromised. The effect of this breach and the importance of patching was covered in Kevin Hood’s article last week.

Cybersecurity awareness isn’t limited to just patching. Protecting your information, both business and personal, must also be a top priority. Take these simple actions at work and at home to help keep you, your identity, and your information safer online:

  • Treat your personal information like money—value it and be cautious about how apps and websites collect it from you.
  • Regularly update the software on your Internet-connected devices, including PCs, smartphones, and tablets, to reduce the risk of infection from malware.
  • Talk with your family, friends, and community about the importance of Internet safety.
  • Control and limit who can see your information online by checking the privacy and security settings on your accounts and apps.
  • Be cautious about what you receive or read online; if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

BizTech Magazine suggests following a few tips, which Cornerstone discussed here. These tips are also covered in our information security risk assessment, regarding physical and operational security for your credit union.

Cybersecurity awareness is not merely the purview of IT professionals. Credit union employees at every level must be constantly aware of cyber threats. Although during our risk assessments we will assist you in identifying these threats and making recommendations for remediation, we are only there once a year and cannot provide year-round monitoring. Constant vigilance is the key to keeping both your home and credit union information safe.

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Assess Your Systems and Manage Your Risk

As technology changes, every credit union faces new security issues. Let Credit Union Resources help you stay on top of it—your future could depend on it. Our team of technology professionals provides guidance on compliance, shares best practices, and performs audits. We have a vested interest in your success, and your cybersecurity matters to us. To find out how we can help you manage cybersecurity and operational risks, contact:

Idrees Rafiq
469-385-6799
800-442-5762, ext. 6799
irafiq@curesources.coop

Deanna Brown
469-385-6464
800-442-5762, ext. 6464
dbrown@curesources.coop

About Credit Union Resources Inc.
Credit Union Resources is a service corporation that provides industry-leading solutions and expertise to credit unions across the country. Credit Union Resources is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Cornerstone Credit Union League, a regional trade association representing the interests of credit unions in Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Texas.