Today, more and more companies are facing cyber security threats and vulnerabilities (most recently the New York Times and Wall Street Journal). How can you be sure that your organization’s website, servers, data, and online election are safe and secure?
Would you want to know if the organization handling your business was victim to a hacking incident? Some companies do not disclose that information. A recent article in the New York Times revealed that few of the companies that have been hacked fail to disclose any information about the incident. A preventative measure you can take before this happens to you – make sure before signing any contract with a vendor, that you can wholly trust them and they have a solid security policy in place.
Roughly 70-80% of computer users do not have the latest versions of software on their computer. It takes hackers no time to find these vulnerabilities within our computers. Make sure all the software on your computer is up to date! A simple update that takes 5 minutes to complete can save you the time and headache from dealing with a virus or a hacker.
Use hack-proof passwords! You should create a different password for each website you register with. Passwords should be a combination of letters, numbers, and characters.
Pay close attention and monitor your web activity. As soon as you notice anything suspicious, take action to discover what’s happening.
Determine whether CAPTCHA is right for your website. This informative article from NPEngage outlines the pros and cons of CAPTCHA and can help decide if you would prefer a user-friendly environment or a site that makes security the top priority: http://www.npengage.com/web-design/captcha-for-nonprofits/
Election-America implements https+ to further protect and secure our partners’ online elections. Our Dynamic Data Obfuscation encrypts all election related information in a two stage process. So, even if a hacker is able to crack into our system, they would never be able to decipher the information they access.
Ready to learn more? Contact an Election Partner representative at Election-America to discuss our security policy today.
About the Author:
Donna Emanuele is the Social Engagement Advocate for Election-America. Seasoned in in community engagement and participation, working in the field of elections seemed a natural fit for Donna. Donna can be reached directly at (866) 514-2995 x111 or DEmanuele@Election-America.com.