• The WannaCry virus infected more than 200,000 computers in 150 countries.
  • The Equifax breach compromised the personal data of 143 million Americans.
  • Experts estimate that more than 14 million small and medium U.S. companies are at risk.

How can you avoid becoming a statistic?

It starts with common sense. Don’t open any emails or attachments and don’t click on any links unless you’re absolutely sure they are safe. But cybersecurity goes far beyond that. Fortunately, the means for ensuring security are constantly improving. But how can you keep up?

You don’t have to because our job is to make sure that our manufacturing clients’ networks are protected using the most up-to-date methods available.

Anti-Virus Software

This should be a given and requires no further explanation.

Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA)

MFA is a method of computer access control in which a user is granted access only after successfully presenting several separate pieces of evidence. The most common MFA is 2-Factor Authentication (2FA). A user would, for example, have to enter a password AND a code that appears on a mobile phone in order to access his or her computer or online account.

Password Strength

Password strength is a measure of the effectiveness of a password against guessing or “brute-force” attacks. In its usual form, it estimates how many trials an attacker who does not have direct access to the password would need, on average, to guess it correctly. The strength of a password is a function of length, complexity, and unpredictability.

It used to be clever to substitute symbols for letters, for example @ instead of “a” and $ instead of “s.” Thus “password” would become p@$$word. But hackers quickly figured out that little trick.

Randomly generated passwords can be a good idea, especially if they’re changed with some frequency. However, the most current thinking is that a string of random words is actually a format that would take a hacker years to break. For example: Mother#Jump#Mysterious7.

Strategic Systems Group (SSG) will work with you to protect your network and your manufacturing systems from cyberattacks, the cost of which can be astronomical – in dollars, in downtime and in reputation.

Call SSG at 310.539.4645 or email us at info@ssgnet.com. We look forward to speaking with you soon.

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