Netflix & Cybersecurity?

When most people think of Netflix, they think of streaming entertainment, oddly specific film genres (Gory Canadian Revenge Movies? Really?) and quality time with their significant other (hence the meme, "Netflix and Chill"). But now it appears as if Netflix is taking a new foray into cybersecurity.

In late February, the popular streaming service released Stethoscope, an open source web application that provides recommendations to improve security on consumer devices. This is a wonderful way to remind users about the importance of digital protections and cyber threats.

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It's no secret that humans are the weakest link in the cybersecurity chain. In fact, the majority of corporate data breaches are caused by employee negligence; and hackers know it! That's why phishing scams, Trojan malware downloads and weak password exploits are so popular. They are simple to launch and very successful.

While educating your employees goes a long way in preserving your business, it's all too easy for workers to forget their training or make a silly mistake. Which is why it's absolutely vital to host regular training sessions to refresh everyone's memory about cybersecurity risks and data protocol.

This is also why Netflix's Stethoscope is so compelling. It's about "education, not automatic enforcement." The software tool, based on Python, gathers device details, assesses weak points and supplies recommendations to users to better safeguard their desktop or mobile devices.

Stethoscope does not directly apply corrective actions, but instead allows employees to oversee their devices and perform the necessary actions on their own. Or as Netflix puts it, "By providing personalized, actionable information - and not relying on automatic enforcement - Stethoscope respects people's time, attention, and autonomy, while improving our company's security outcomes."

It's important to note that, these days, personal security and professional security are one in the same. Especially as more and more offices adopt 'bring your own device' and 'work from anywhere' policies which encourage employees to use the smartphones, laptops or tablets they are most comfortable with in and out of the office.

As these two worlds continue to blend, it will be particularly important to address security concerns before they become a gateway for hackers and cyber crooks. A few simple tips to boost your cyber defenses include:

  • Using stronger and more complicated passphrases.
  • Adopting two-factor or multi-factor authentication.
  • Regularly updating your software, add-ons and anti-virus programs.
  • Communicating only over encrypted messengers.
  • Avoiding emails, attachments, applications, links and downloads from sources you do not know well.
  • Eschewing free and insecure public Wi-Fi connections.
  • Routinely backing up sensitive data to a secure cloud, hard drive or database.
  • Establishing proper firewall protections and VPNs.

In the unfortunate event that a cybercriminal does hack your network, CyberPolicy can mitigate some of the more deleterious effects of the incursion including cyber extortion, loss of business, cost of data retrieval, class action lawsuits, damages to reputation and so much more.

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