Cyber Attacks – Prevention/ Follow Through & Insurance
Cyber threats are often difficult to understand and identify. The threats include dangers such as viruses erasing entire systems, hackers breaking into systems to alter files, or steal confidential information. The spectrum of cyber risks is limitless; threats, some more serious and sophisticated than others, can have wide-ranging effects on the individual, community, organizational and national levels.
The extent, nature and timing of cyber incidents are impossible to predict. There may or may not be any warning. Some cyber incidents take a long time (weeks, months or years) to be discovered and identified.
Preventing a Cyber Attack
You can increase your chances of avoiding cyber risks by setting up the proper controls. The following are things you can do to protect yourself, your family and your property before a cyber incident occurs.
- Only connect to the Internet over secure, password-protected networks.
- Do not click on links or pop-ups, open attachments or respond to emails from strangers.
- Do not respond to online requests for personally identifiable information (PII); most organizations—banks, universities, companies, etc.—will never ask for your personal information over the Internet.
- Limit who you are sharing information with by reviewing the privacy settings on your social media accounts.
In the event of a Cyber Attack
- File a report with the local police so there is an official record of the incident.
- Report online crime or fraud to your region’s Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) or the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre.
- Report identity theft to the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service.
- If your PII was compromised, consider other information that may be at risk. Depending what information was stolen, you may need to contact other agencies; for example, if someone has gained access to your Social Insurance number, contact the two national credit bureaus, Equifax and TransUnion. You should also contact your provincial or territorial ministry responsible for transportation if your driver’s licence or car registration has been stolen.
In addition to insuring your home, SWIFT Digital Insurance Services, Incorporated is committed to helping you and your loved ones stay safe when disaster strikes. If you would like more information on how to protect yourself from a cyber-attack, please contact us at (306) 763-8651 or visit our YouTube channel : Cyber Insurance