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Securing the Human. Presented by Thomas Nee, Computer Coordinator Town of Hanover, Massachusetts. hanover-ma.gov/information-technology October is Cyber Security Awareness Month!. The Internet. Knowledge Is Power. The Internet is the most powerful tool in human history. Use it! Wisely!

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Securing the human

SecuringtheHuman


Presented by thomas nee computer coordinator town of hanover massachusetts

Presented byThomas Nee, Computer CoordinatorTown of Hanover, Massachusetts

hanover-ma.gov/information-technology

October is Cyber Security Awareness Month!


The internet
The Internet

  • Knowledge Is Power.

  • The Internet is the most powerful tool in human history.

  • Use it! Wisely!

  • Don’t be assimilated into a BotNet.


Security threats
Security Threats

  • 3 New Malware Versions Released Every Second!

  • Zero-Day Threats

  • Known, Unpatched Vulnerabilities

  • Unapplied Security Patches


Protection against security threats
Protection AgainstSecurity Threats

  • Anti-Virus Updated Daily (Security Gateway and Computers).

  • Operating System Updated Monthly.

  • Other Security Patches Less Often

  • Long, Complex, Frequently-Changed Passwords.


Updates
Updates

  • Microsoft Update (Windows Update if Microsoft Office not installed)

  • Adobe Reader

  • Adobe Flash

  • Java (manual updates by administrator)



Good habit slow down
Good Habit: Slow Down

  • Hover over links.

  • Press and hold link on a smartphone.

  • Do NOT click unless you know where the link goes.

  • Visit mainstream sites only.


Domains at a glance
Domains At A Glance

  • Destination determined Right-To-Left between “http://” and next “/”

  • Examples:

    http://support.microsoft.com/index.html

    http://microsoft.com.z.ir/index.html (Goes to Iran!)

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/ (could be hosted in US or elsewhere)

  • See List of Country Codes:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Internet_top-level_domains#Country_code_top-level_domains


Attack vectors
Attack Vectors

  • Surfing; Drive-By Downloads.

  • Spam, Spam, Spam.

  • Infected computers and programs on network.

  • Flash Drives


Email
Email

  • Phishing – generic, widely distributed spam.

  • Spear-Phishing – personal information included. Do not succumb to emotion!

  • Use browser bookmarks/favorites whenever possible instead of links in email messages.

  • Slow Down. Use caution opening attachments.


Recommended options
Recommended Options

  • McAfee’s SiteAdvisor Browser Toolbar

    http://www.siteadvisor.com/

  • Norton’sSafeWeb Website (save as Favorite/Bookmark)

    http://safeweb.norton.com

  • Norton’s Browser Toolbar (packaged with Norton Identity Safe)


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