With cyber crime on the rise globally, small business owners must be fully educated and aware of the increasingly tough fight against breaches of data, hacking and phishing scams. In 2017, the UK government revealed figures that showed that nearly half of all UK businesses were hit by a cyber breach or attack in the previous year.
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With the number of attacks rising rapidly in the UK and with it being estimated that online fraud and cyber crime cost the UK over £11bn in 2016, cybersecurity is no longer just an issue for the IT department, but also for business leaders and managers.
Most passwords are too short, too simple and easily hacked. Use a passphrase, if possible, made up of three or four words which mean nothing to anyone else. For example: ‘moon keyboard shack.’ You can add numbers and special characters to it as needed.
Never re-use passwords. This means having a different one for every website or account. To help with this, cyber security researchers suggest the use of ‘password manager’ apps. These create unique passwords or phrases for each site you use and keep track of them for you.
Main Street America is on the front lines in the fight against cybercrime. Although major hacks of large corporations regularly fill the news, our small businesses are actually being attacked more regularly–and with increasing frequency. In fact, about 71 percent of data breaches occur in businesses with fewer than 100 employees.
Individual criminals, foreign entities and “hacktivists” create increasingly sophisticated ways to come after intellectual property, finances and personal information. Because small businesses often use shared resources, such as group offices and public Internet, and because they lack the luxury of dedicated IT teams, they have become easy targets for hacking and phishing scams.
Small businesses also stand to lose the most when sensitive personal and financial information is compromised. Recovering from a cyber-attack is more difficult for small businesses which have limited resources or depend on their reputations to keep customers. It is hard enough to keep a small business afloat
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What can students, parents, schools and our community do to stop cyber bullying?
Experts gathered with hundreds of students inside Taft 7-12 High School on Oct. 5 aimed to answer that question. Students from the surrounding schools were invited to attend, educate and raise awareness about cyber bullying.
In the Oct. 11 edition of The News Guard, read how this conference is designed to empower students so that they don’t become victims and why such a conference is needed now.
HARRISBURG — Lawmakers have repeatedly grappled with the issue of bullying in recent years, as part of the growing realization of the potentially lasting affects caused by abusive treatment of students by their peers.
Among their actions have been laws that made hazing and cyber-bullying specifically illegal.
Now, as Gov. Tom Wolf steps up a campaign to combat sexual assault on college campuses, one state lawmakers is arguing that one of the keys to dealing with bullying may be doing a better job combating it in middle schools.
State Rep. Dan Miller, D-Allegheny County is proposing legislation that would call on the Department of Education to develop uniform guidelines for schools to follow in handling cases of bullying, harassment, along with sexual harassment, sexual assault and dating violence.
In addition, his legislation would require schools to offer students with an opportunity to anonymously report bullying, harassment of sexual violence.