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No surprise here: cybercriminals own a treasure trove of PII

September 24, 2021
CISA Director Jen Easterly pictured at her Senate confirmation hearing in June. CISA last month released tips on protecting PII from ransomware exploits. Today’s columnist, Chuck Everette of Deep Instinct, offers advice on how security teams can protect PII. (Photo by Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images)
  • For users and administrators, use complex passwords and set up different logins for each account – do not use single passwords for multiple accounts or sites no matter how convenient it seems at the time.
  • Enable and use two factor authentication (2FA) whenever possible – nearly all sites and programs that require PII now offer this level of security, and for good reason.
  • As an organization, invest in an advanced security solution capable of preventing and protecting you from the newest cyber attacks.
  • Be vigilant, watch credit reports, credit cards, utility bills, and bank statements for unusual or unexpected transactions.
  • Watch for phishing attempts – do not click on links or even reply to unsolicited emails and text messages asking for personal information
  • Invest in identity theft protection.
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