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[National Cyber Security Day eBook] A Guide to Protecting Your Organization's AP Department From Fraud

National Cyber Security Day!

In 1988 Association for Computer Security created Computer Security Day to raise awareness of computer security issues.

Here at OnPay Solutions,we pride ourselves on offering our clients a way to automate their accounts payable process via completely secure, automated payment transactions that you control.  We are especially cognizant of ways to ensure safe payment activities and mitigate fraud risk. That being said, in honor of National Cyber Security Day, we thought we'd share some of the best easy-to-follow steps. * shared fom

As a CIO or IT Manager, you may be familiar with some of these best practices, but you may want to forward this on to your Accounts Payable department to ensure implementation.

PS. Make sure to scroll to the end of this post for your free eBook "A Guide to Protecting Your Organization's Accounts Payable Department from Fraud".

10 Steps on How to be Cyber Secure:

  • Read your workplace's computer security policy again. If your workplace has a policy, read it. Even if you've already read it before, it may have been updated, or you may have forgotten important parts of it. Read it for a refresher.
  • Check the security and safety of your computer hardware. Whenever you leave your room or office, can other people access or remove your computing equipment? If so, consider instituting practices that will prevent them from doing anything with your computer:
  • Use passwords to prevent unwanted access to computers.
  • Clean the hardware and your desk zone. A cluttered workspace and messy office can be the cause of sloppy work practices in relation to confidential information and the more at ease everyone has become with leaving confidential information lying about, the harder it becomes to break the slack cycle. Jump on it now!
  • Check for software and program vulnerabilities. Use the tools at hand to keep your computer software, applications, and programs in top shape.
  • Delete unneeded files. They use memory but also create clutter, making it both harder to find or spot problems, and providing more potential "gateways" for viruses to enter through. A regular clean up is cathartic.
  • Verify computer inventories. If you're running a business or you're in the part of the organization that's responsible for computers, use this day to take inventories.
  • Update computer security training manuals, including social networking sites. Plan to give mini computer security sessions to staff and other people on this day. Send or hand out the new manual to people who need it.
  • Back up your computer data. For every computer owned, back up the data. If you don't already back-up regularly, make today the day to draw up a plan to remind yourself to make regular back-ups, or use a program that will do this for you automatically.
  • Consider having several sources of back-up - online, cloud, USB sticks, hard drives, etc.

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