In the information security industry, we are provided plenty of top-lists and guidance that help us identify information security threats, and determine security controls to mitigate these threats.
This includes popular resources such as:
- The ASD Essential Eight Strategies to Mitigate Cyber Security Incidents.
- The Cloud Security Alliance The Treacherous 12 Cloud Computing Top Threats in 2016.
- The OWASP Top Ten Application Security Risks.
- The ENISA Top 15 Cyber Threats.
- The Center for Internet Security Top 20 Critical Security Controls.
- The SANS Institute Top 25 Software Errors.
However, there seems to be a lack of memorable security guidance for everyday people who use computing devices and the Internet. Not only that, most of the guidance hasn’t changed in the last 5 to 10 years and typically relates to the complexity of passwords or using anti-virus software. In addition to this, the guidance can often be impractical and prevent the device from being usable, so people just ignore it.
That’s why we created the following – as a small step to help everyday people be safer online, while being easy to achieve. It’s a simple phrase “Remember your Security ABCs”.
“Remember your Security ABCs”
A is for Auto-update
B is for Backup
C is for Controlled Access
For everyday people these three tips will go a long way to improving their security hygiene. It will encourage a set of good security behaviours, through some easily achievable practises, that can be built upon in the future.
Special Note: we have licensed the tips CC BY-SA – so that everyone can use them, adapt them, and take these tips further.