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October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. 5 Tips to Keep Your Aerospace Company Protected.

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Did you know that October is #NationalSecurityMonth? The National Cyber Security Alliance, or NCSA, continues to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity across our nation. This year’s theme, Do Your Part #BeCyberSmart, encourages individuals and organizations to own their role in protecting their part of cyberspace. Personal accountability and taking proactive measures to enhance cybersecurity in the Aerospace and Defense (A&D) industry in which InterConnect Wiring exists, is a huge part of being #CyberSmart. 

Is your aerospace company protected from cybercriminals? Before InterConnect Wiring shares an article on the new Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC), we offer below 5 basic tips on how to be cyber secure at work.

 

Tip #1: Treat business information as personal information. While you may be thinking of trade secrets, intellectual property (IP) or company credit accounts, business information also includes employee personal information through tax forms and payroll accounts. Do not share PII (personally identifiable information) with unknown parties or over unsecured networks.

Tip #2: Don’t make passwords easy to guess. Smart technology runs on data. Your smartphones, laptops, wireless printers, and other smart devices are constantly exchanging data to complete tasks. Always take proper security precautions to prevent data breaches.

Tip #3: Stay up-to-date. It’s important to keep your software updated to the latest version available. Turn on automatic updates so you don’t have to worry about it. 

Tip #4: Social media is part of the fraud toolset. Cybercriminals can gather information about you simply by searching on Google and scanning your organization’s social media profiles. Employees should avoid oversharing on social media and should not conduct official business, exchange payment, or share PII on social media platforms.

Tip #5: It only takes one time. Be wary of unusual sources, do not click on unknown links, and delete suspicious messages immediately. Many data breaches are traced back to a single security vulnerability, phishing attempt, or instance of accidental exposure. This is the tip on which we “quiz” our employees every month with intentional pretend phishing emails. As we do at InterConnect Wiring, stay on guard, and treat every suspicious message as a potential cyberthreat. 

 

I finish this article with a poem: 

Whether you make planes like Northrop Grumman, Boeing, or Lockheed Martin, 

Or produce aircraft circuit breaker panels the size of a breadbox or milk carton, 

You must create a safe cyber environment, you must do you part,

Guard your IP and PII, #BeCyberSmart!

 

For more information and resources on how to keep your data protected, visit this website.

For more information about circuit breaker panels the size of a breadbox or milk carton, visit here or call +1.817.377.9473 and ask for the author of the goofy cyber poem. 

 

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