An IT specialist looks at recent cybersecurity measures

HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) – The US Senate has passed a set of bills improving cybersecurity in the United States. The legislation comes after President Joe Biden issued a statement on Russia’s ability to carry out cyberattacks.

He said his administration was stepping up security, so many leaders and tech experts are urging people to step up their own security.

“The businesses that are affected and have a national footprint are the ones that make the news, usually, but it’s a threat to all businesses…small, from the smallest one- or two-man tax office, to ‘to those here in Rockingham County,’ said Ross Carter, managing partner at IT Decisions in Harrisonburg.

Carter said many hacks happen after clicking a link on a website or email. If that sounds suspicious, assume it is, Carter said. Do not click on links or enter information if you are unsure of the website.

Carter said even small offices and individuals need to protect their computers.

“Small offices still need to take proactive steps on a number of things to protect their business. That goes even for the residential sector,” Carter said.

Little things like using multi-factor authentication can help. Carter said never to use the same password more than once.

“A lot of the organizations we come into contact with don’t have the security that’s really just a baseline these days,” Carter said.

If your company works with an IT department, ask them before following links you are unsure of.

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