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Many of us will spend part of the first day back at work checking out deals on Amazon, eBay, Crate and Barrel, or my personal favorite, (a new hybrid can be shipped to our San Jose office).

If you are an IT manager, Cyber Monday is a different kind of day. It's one that brings major security concerns. Phishing attacks, survey scams and poisoned search engine results are all expected to ramp up today.

The good news is that there are a few things you can do today to make sure your network isn't susceptible to the various phishing and spam threats that will come into your users' inboxes:

  • Make sure your network anti-virus and anti-spam software is updated.
  • Consider monitoring user activity or using a Web filtering program to limit internet access to certain sites to cut down on the probability of malicious activity within your organization. A good compromise might be to limit access to popular e-commerce sites to lunchtime and after 5 p.m.
  • Many “offers” (threats) will come in via email or social media. Help normally vigilant employees, who may have their guard down due to holiday stress understand what types of attacks to look out for and provide examples.
  • Handle the BYOD (Bring your Own Device) issue. It's a balance between helping mobile employees stay connected and limiting exposure to security threats. Today, even if they aren't using their PC, employes are no doubt browsing via their smartphone. Consider segmenting network traffic for personal devices (allow access to “guest” network) separate from the main corporate IT network.
  • Make sure employees are aware that it's holiday shopping time for the bad guys as well. A quick email reminder should do the trick.

Happy holiday shopping season from Kerio.


Original article available on our blog.

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