Cement Americas

SPR 2017

Cement Americas provides comprehensive coverage of the North and South American cement markets from raw material extraction to delivery and tranportation to end user.

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www.cementamericas.com • Spring 2017 • CEMENT AMERICAS 23 D ear Client. That's how the letter usually begins. The next few sentences are a little trickier; there is really no good way for someone to hear that their data has been stolen. Unfortunately, getting this letter is becoming an all too common occur- rence in business. Businesses lose more than $100 billion a year to cy- ber-attacks and fraud globally. While a security breach might be one of the last things on your mind, the most recent Travelers Risk In- dex report shows that it's a top concern for your clients, customers and contractors – "Personal Privacy Loss and Identity Theft" went from barely ranking on their survey a few years ago to being #2, right behind "Financial Security." The expectation of cyber security has to be met with the same fervor and drive that you strive to meet all your other clients' expectations. 1. Engage and Educate Your Employees It's important that you create a culture of security within your organization because security is everyone's responsibility. If you don't have buy-in from all your team members, you're exposing your business to unnecessary risk. The majority of attackers gain access to networks via so- cial engineering and the manip- ulation of a user within an orga- nization, not via command line "hacking" from a dark, Chee- tos-filled basement somewhere, as the movies often portray. Why would someone spend days trying to crack your accountant's Protect Your Data Here are 9 Surefire Steps to Lock Down Your Cyber Security By Clinton Henry password when they can simply call your IT desk pretending to be your accountant and ask him to reset it to something new? 2. Anti-Virus Having an up to date anti-virus deployed on all of your desk- tops and servers is vital. An un- protected computer is an easy target for a motivated attacker. Don't make it easy on them – pay for anti-virus and make sure it's regularly updated by your IT staff. 3. Password Management It's important that you and your employees leverage strong, complicated passwords that ar- en't easy to guess. There are now hacking applications you can plug into a computer that will run through the most com- mon 10,000 passwords used in about four minutes, trying each of them. You'd be surprised how many folks with access to criti- cal data have the password of "password," or if they are feel- ing clever, "password1" (Did this just guess your password? Go change it!). 4. Secure Your Networks Without getting too technical, just know that having a firewall between your corporate net- work and the internet is very important. If you don't, there is very little stopping someone from freely accessing your data. 5. Secure Your Cloud No matter what cloud provider or service you use, make sure CYBER SECURITY

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