Cyber-crime is any illegal activity conducted via the internet, a computer or computer network. The U.S. Department of Justice calls it “one of the greatest threats facing our country.” Large-scale cyber-attacks often get top billing in the media, but every business is a target.
A Look at Cyber Crime
The breadth of cyber-crimes ranges from social media scams to attacks on IT infrastructure systems. There are four common cyber-attacks, but the kinds of attacks grow and change daily, leaving organizations vulnerable.
Phishing Scams – Phishers pretend to be legitimate companies and use spam, fake websites, emails, and instant messages to fool people into providing sensitive information or clicking on a malicious link.
Malware – The intent of malware is to damage or disable computers or computer systems – often for the purpose of extracting a ransom. It is typically introduced via email attachments, downloads, or operating system vulnerabilities.
Password Hacking – More than 90% of user-generated passwords are vulnerable. Password hacking occurs when a con artist attempts to access computer systems by figuring out passwords.
Distributed Denial-of-Service (DDoS) Attacks – Hackers disrupt the computer network by sending high volumes of data or traffic through the network, thereby overloading it and causing business to come to an abrupt halt.
How HR Can Help Prevent Breaches
There are many steps organizations can take to protect against a cyber-crime, including frequently updating firewalls, conducting regular assessments for vulnerabilities and malware, restricting the use of unauthorized removable media devices, performing regular system backups, creating clear password policies, and providing ongoing employee education.
While the threat of a cyber attack can never be completely eliminated, HR teams alongside IT professionals can play a crucial role in the fight against cyber-crime.
Much has been written about generations in the workplace, most of it focused on baby boomers and millennials. Just like a middle child, members of Generation X have been largely overlooked with regard to their long-term financial needs.
The third week of October is National Health Education Week, which aims to educate Americans on how chronic diseases can be prevented, delayed, or alleviated through simple lifestyle changes.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, chronic diseases are the leading cause of death and disability in the U.S. – 45 percent of the population has at least one chronic disease. Chronic diseases can be disabling and reduce a person’s quality of life, especially if left undiagnosed or untreated. But they are often preventable, and are frequently managed through early detection, improved diet, exercise, and treatment therapy.
In 2016, more than half of adults aged 18 or older did not meet recommendations for physical activity. And more than one-third of adults said they ate fruit less than once a day, while 38 percent of adolescents and 23 percent of adults said they ate vegetables less than once per day.
The amount of health information may seem overwhelming, but there are really only a few basic tips to keep in mind.
Eat healthy. Small changes in eating habits can make a big difference. A healthy diet means eating fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat milk products, fish, poultry, lean meats, eggs, beans, and nuts. It can also protect you from heart disease, bone loss, Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and some cancers.
Get moving. Physical activity increases your chances of living longer; helps you control your blood pressure, blood sugar, and weight; raises your “good” cholesterol; and can prevent heart disease, colorectal cancer, and Type 2 diabetes. Start at a comfortable level, and once you get the hang of it aim for 2 hours and 30 minutes of activity each week. If you don’t have time for 30 minutes of exercise at one time, get moving for shorter, 10-minutes periods throughout the day.
Watch your weight. To stay at a healthy weight, you need to balance the calories you eat with the calories you burn. To lose weight, you need to burn more calories than you eat.
Get enough calcium. Calcium helps to keep bones strong and less likely to break. Adults ages 19 to 50 need at least 1,000 mg of calcium daily.
Manage stress. Worried, irritable, depressed, and unable to focus are common signs of stress. Other signs include headaches, trouble sleeping, weight gain or loss, and back pain. It’s important to manage stress in order to sleep better, improve concentration, get along better with others, and reduce neck and back pain.