Cyber Security Awareness Month

Below are some ‘best practices’ Bank Midwest deploys and for you to consider:

  • Back up data regularly.
  • Verify backups are working through testing.
  • Provide training and education.  We are all targets, so everyone needs to be aware of information and data security threats.
  • Enable strong spam filters to prevent phishing emails from reaching ends users and authenticate inbound email using technologies.
  • Require minimum standards for passwords (length, complexity, history, etc.)
  • Leverage next-generation anti-virus technology to inspect files and identify malicious behavior to block malware and malware-less attacks that exploit memory and scripting languages.
  • Block ads.  Ransomware is often distributed through malicious ads served when visiting sites.
  • Patch operating systems, software, and firmware on all technology devices.
  • Configure firewalls to block access to known malicious IP addresses.
  • Use application whitelisting, which only allows systems to execute programs known and permitted by security policy.
  • Conduct an annual penetration test and vulnerability assessment.

– Julie R. Director of Enterprise Risk