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What is Cyber Hygiene?

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    This SEI Cyber Talk episode introduces the concept of cyber hygiene, which bears an analogy to the concept of hygiene in the medical profession. Like the practice of washing hands to prevent infections, cyber hygiene addresses simple sets of actions that users can take to help reduce cybersecurity risks. The participants in this Cyber Talk episode discuss what some of those practices are, such as implementing password security protocols, and how organizations can determine which practices to implement. Finally, they discuss the special case of phishing—which is a form of attack that can bypass technical safeguards and exploit people’s weaknesses—and how changes in behavior, understanding, and technology might address this issue.

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