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Computer Security Day

Wednesday, November 29, 2006
 

Computer Security Day

 

Today, availability of information is a given. And if you're like most people, you take the technology that delivers it for granted--that is, until you have a problem.

Tomorrow, November 30, is Computer Security Day (CSD). The worldwide event, held annually, began in 1988. CSD is aimed at providing information security professionals and their organizations with an opportunity to raise the level of awareness within their user groups. But many of the tips offered by the Association for Computer Security Day pertain to everyone.

Here are a few steps everyone can take to help ensure optimum computer security--and performance:

  • Change your password(s).
  • Verify that all passwords are not posted and all other keys are secured.
  • Check for computer viruses.
  • Vacuum your computer and immediate area.
  • Eliminate dust from your computer area, including chalk dust.
  • Back up your data.
  • Delete unnecessary files.
  • Write-protect all diskettes not to be written on.
  • Consider the privacy aspect of the data on your computer and protect it.
  • Update your anti-virus program.

These and other tips--there are 52 in all, though many pertain to computer security professionals--can be found at the Association for Computer Security Day's site, under "CSD Activities."

The theme of CSD 2006 is "Working Together," with the idea that everyone can contribute to making the tech environment better.

Whether you're part of an organization or a one-person shop, computer security should be reviewed. It's applicable to home computer use as well.

The Association's site features a poster that can be printed. Although recruitment professionals may not be interested in this document, it lists categories of computer security worth reviewing:

  • Password Construction
  • Computer Viruses
  • Software Piracy
  • Internet Usage
  • Data Backups
  • Telephone Fraud
  • Information Privacy
  • Password Management
  • Data Confidentiality
  • Social Engineering
  • E-Mail Usage
  • PC Security
  • Physical Security
  • Identity Theft

Many of these categories are directly related to the day-to-day recruiting process. And several, like identity theft, have personal implications.

Under "Other Links," the Association offers a link to the Federal Trade Commission's (FTC) Identity Theft site. Here you'll find how to "Deter, Detect, and Defend against identity theft."

On Computer Security Day, why not take a few steps to make your computer and your information a little more secure?

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