Insider threats in your home…your children are the culprits
When it comes to cyber security for your home computers or network, just like business networks, it is only as strong as its weakest links. Unfortunately the culprits of insider threat at home are likely to be your children. Many of you have children so you are painfully aware of this situation. While online on their own computer they often inadvertently download all kinds of things they should not.
Children down-load music, videos, and all sorts of things that are filled with malicious software. They are often able to bypass your security measures to visits sites we, as parents, don’t want them to. In a recent survey reported by the Wall Street Journal, half of all American homes with children under 18 have had their online security breached in some way. So what do we do about these insiders? Here are several measures for you to review.
Assess your technology and your children’s ability
You must first get an accurate picture of your children’s abilities. For instance, recently, one of my friend’s younger children accidently end up downloaded things they should not. But your tech savvy teen may often knowingly download bunches of files and as a consequence, the viruses that often accompany them. For this problem you must first make sure you know exactly which devices and machines your children use and then thoroughly lock them down. Next you should establish separate accounts for your children versus your own and apply the appropriate parental controls to those accounts. Be sure that they do not have full administrative access to change those settings. Following this, you should assess your child’s abilities to learn what they are capable of doing when it comes to circumventing security and be sure to check their and your own browser history on a regular basis to see what they are visiting, and downloading.
Strengthen your security
The next step is for you to secure your home network and teach your children about security. Secure your passwords by using strong and long passwords. Then lock down the files on your home network to ensure they can be shared with others only if they are able to directly access your computer at home and not remotely. Next, ensure that you have a good backup system for your files should you lose them. And finally, turn off one-click ordering capability and ensure any purchases need a password to make certain mistakes are not made.
Have a plan for when security fails
Despite your best efforts, sometimes your security will fail. You can reduce this possibility with good security practices, but you must also have a plan. Talk to your children about good cyber security practices and train them to report breaches. Also teach them basic security skills, like avoiding social engineering attempts.
Following these basic steps should help you and your children enjoy better computing at home and help to eliminate the ‘at home’ insider threat.
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Samuel, A. (2015, April 20). The weakest security link: Your children. The Wall Street Journal , p. R5.