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Navigating the Digital Wonderland: Enhance Your Organization’s Cyber Security this Holiday Season

Dec 8, 2023

The holidays should be a time of joy, not a season of falling victim to cyber threats. Stay vigilant to ensure a safe and festive ending to the year.

Beware of these common holiday scams:

  • Fake order receipts or tracking emails/text messages
    Mitigation Steps: Implement dual authorization controls to confirm emails and text messages.
  • Gift card purchase requests that appear to have come from within the company
    Mitigation Steps: Train staff to look out for clues of potential phishing attempts.
  • Donation requests, fake surveys, giveaways, and contests
    Mitigation Steps: Avoid clicking suspicious links or sharing personal or financial information.

Cyber security best practices for the holiday season

  • Shut down network connected devices if your business is closed for part of the holiday season. Nothing can happen to a network if the system is offline.
  • Complete any patching or system updates before shutting down for the holiday.
  • Audit employee accounts. Make sure off-boarded employees are closed out, and review systems for any new or suspicious accounts.
    Prioritize staff cyber security training during the holidays and year-round.

About the Experts

Viviana Abbasi

Assistant Vice President, P&C Senior Account Executive, Insurance

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Mark Alvarez

Senior Vice President, Cyber Risk Specialist, Insurance

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Mark Green

Senior Vice President, Cyber Risk Specialist, Insurance

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