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Cybersecurity Awareness

Do your part to make the internet safe and more secure for everyone.

November 04, 2016

By: GWB IT

We live in a world that is more connected than ever before as the Internet touches almost all aspects of everyone’s daily life, either in the capacity of an employee or in your home life. This is the perfect time of year to reflect on the universe of cyber threats and do your part to protect your work and personal networks, devices, and data.

Consider this:

  • Within the past year, personally identifiable information has been stolen in a number of significant cyber data breaches, impacting industries like health care, government, finance, corporate, and retail.

  • The use of malware by online criminals continues unabated, and of the available intrusion devices, the “bot” is particularly pervasive, allowing attackers to take control remotely of compromised computers. Once in place, these “botnets” can be used in distributed denial-of-service attacks, proxy and spam services, additional malware distribution, and other organized criminal activity.

  • Cyber criminals perpetrate a wide variety of crimes online, including theft of intellectual property, Internet fraud, identity fraud, and any number of financial fraud schemes.

  • Many criminals use the so-called “dark web” or “dark market” websites that offer a range of illegal goods and services for sale on a network designed to conceal the true IP addresses of the computers on it.


The IT security team at Great Western Bank has some great suggestions and tips to help ensure that you and your family do not become cybercrime victims.
 

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