There has been a lot of discussion in the news lately about cybersecurity threats and big company security breaches. These cases are really scary and should result in consequences for the people involved, but a lot of security comes down to personal responsibility. There is an “I” in security.

I need to make sure I password protect my laptop, tablet and cell phone.

I need to make sure I don’t share my password with others or write it down on a piece of paper that can be easily discovered.

I need to make sure I don’t leave my work station while logged into sensitive corporate data.

I need to make sure I read that email and verify it is from a trusted person before I open that attachment.

I need to pay attention when clicking on links that appear to be sent from my bank.

I need to remember that NO reputable institution such ask my bank, the IRS, FedEx or Facebook would ever as me to provide personal information or my password.

No matter how good my firewall, spam filter, or antivirus software is, there is nothing in the world that will protect me from a momentary lapse in judgment as I use my computer. Everyone needs to have frequent education and training on how to keep you safe. There are SO many ways that security can be compromised by literally inviting malware or viruses onto your computer. We need to be vigilant and constantly think about what we are doing as we use our computer systems and mobile devices both at work and at home.

It is hard to admit it but I might just be the weakest link in my security system.