Cybersecurity: 5 Things You Need to Stop Doing in 2017
No one wants to think it could happen to them, but your chances of being hacked are growing every year.
Here are five things you need to stop doing now to keep your meetings safer:
1. Allowing speakers to plug unknown presentation flashdrives into your system. Those flashdrives could pass on malware disguised as legitimate software. Make it mandatory that speakers have their flashdrives scanned for viruses. This could be done in the speaker-ready room.
2. Plastering your meeting’s Wi-Fi password all over the meeting venue. While it’s convenient to make the password obvious, it also makes it easy for cyber criminals to hack your system. You may also want to remind attendees and vendors not to share the password with anyone who is not an official participant.
3. Using the hotel meeting passcode as your meeting’s Wi-Fi passcode. As an international technology meeting consultant recently said “Even if the password is 12345 and you put it on every piece of paper in the venue, it’s still more secure than an open Wi-Fi.”
4. Allowing your staff members to download their own software. At the very least, train them on cybersecurity policies and procedures around downloading unapproved apps, both on their work devices and any personal device that could connect with a work device, that could pass along malware.
5. Ignoring the issue. Burying your head in the sand only ensures that you’ll miss the early warning signs. Develope a policy and a plan for what you will do before, during, and after a breach, and train your staff so, should the worst occur, you know how to mitigate the risks.
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