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Don’t Get Hacked: How to Protect Senior Living From Cyber Crime

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In today’s cyber environment, companies cannot be lax in their handling of information, whether it be company sensitive or personally identifiable information. Information stored locally, on a server, or in the cloud can be hacked. Companies must have policies in place to ensure anti-virus/malware software is installed and kept up-to-date, firewalls are in place and properly secured, and back-ups are completed on a regular basis. Policies should also include training for all employees in cyber security to include proper use of email, USB devices and external media.

Key Takeaways:

  • One of the most vulnerable industries of ransomware cyber attacks are those dealing with senior living.
  • To make an attack less detrimental, it is imperative to have proper back-up of all files. Because of this, in case of an attack, you can simply erase your computer.
  • One of the most common ways to become infected is through an email. For this reason, it is important to train staff on what qualifies as a legitimate email versus an email containing a virus.

“In addition to making backups of all data, utilizing the cloud as another backup method is a trend Kress sees within the industry.”

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