October 14th – #CybercrimeChat

Hosted by Cybercrime Support Network Erich Kron from KnowBe4

By: Taryn Porter

Thank you to all of those who participated in last week’s #CybercrimeChat, hosted in honor of Cybersecurity Awareness Month. A special thank you to Erich Kron, our featured guest, for his wonderful insight! With 226 conversations and a potential reach of 311K, last week’s #CybercrimeChat was a success! As always, these chats are made worthwhile because of the thought-provoking, informative participant responses! Thank you all for sharing your tips and resources to help others #BeCyberSmart. We’ve collected a few highlights from the chat…

Q 1 – According to a recent study conducted by cybersecurity firm CrowdStrike, more cyberattacks occured in the first half of 2020 than in all of 2019. https://bit.ly/341UVhy That’s a 154% increase in cyberattacks! What factors contributed to this huge increase? 

Q2 – This week’s theme is “Securing Devices at Home and Work”. Since work-from-home has become part of the “new normal”, how has device security been impacted? 

Q3 – It can be easy to forget all of the ways in which we are digitally connected. IoT/smart-home gadgets are an example of devices that you may forget to secure. How can we be sure the tech in our home is safe? 

Q4 – Updating software is an important part of securing our devices. How does outdated software put us at risk? 

Q5 –  You’ve probably thought about cybersecurity on your work computer, but it’s just as important to consider cybersecurity on your smartphone! How can we keep our phones secure?

Q6 – Speaking of phones, let’s talk about applications. Apps can access a host of information from your smartphone. What types of data are apps taking? Which permission settings are important to adjust? 

Q7 – Do you have any final tips for individuals and businesses looking to secure their devices at work and home? 

We had a great time discussing device security with you! Thank you again to Erich Kron from KnowBe4 for co-hosting with us. To keep up with cybercrime recovery information, follow us on YouTube, Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn. Thank you to all who participated in last week’s chat, we look forward to chatting with you again soon!