by: Danielle Howard
In recognition of Cyber Security Awareness Month, we want to remind you of our commitment to your privacy and financial well-being. Aside from the standard security measures you can expect from us and our partnership with Raymond James, such as systems monitoring 24 hours a day, we offer these additional safeguards:
- A dedicated cyber threat center staffed by certified information security analysts.
- Penetration and vulnerability testing of our networks and servers.
- Encryption, secure virtual private networks and the latest firewall and antivirus technology.
- Email monitoring for regulatory and compliance purposes as well as protection against phishing attempts and malware.
- Strict controls, limits and monitoring of access to our facilities and systems.
- Quarterly technology reviews conducted by independent auditors.
- Redundant systems and off-site information storage providing protection in the event of emergency or natural disaster.
- Coordination with industry wide organizations and law enforcement agencies devoted to sharing information about physical and cyber security.
How You Can Help
Maintaining your security is a partnership. With a few preventive measures, including promptly reviewing your statements for any unauthorized account activity, you can help secure your assets and personal information.
- KEEP YOUR EQUIPMENT UP TO DATE. Install the latest updates and patches for your computers and mobile devices and use security software including antivirus, firewalls and encryption. And before selling or disposing of computers and mobile devices, wipe them of data.
- USE PUBLIC WIRELESS NETWORKS WITH CAUTION. Avoid visiting sensitive websites when away from home.
- USE COMPLEX AND UNIQUE PASSWORDS. These contain a combination of upper and lowercase letters, numbers and special characters. Do not share your passwords.
- BE ALERT TO RISKS ONLINE. Never open attachments or click on links in suspicious emails or from senders you don’t recognize, and limit the personal information you share on social media websites.
- PRACTICE SENSIBLE DATA MANAGEMENT. Shred sensitive documents when disposing of them.
- USE MULTI-FACTOR AUTHENTICATION WHEN POSSIBLE. Present two or more pieces of verification: something you “know,” something you “have” or something you “are” (security question, security token, or thumb print).
- BACK UP YOUR DATA REGULARLY. It is important to back up key data to help protect against ransomware.
Taking practical steps like these complements our comprehensive efforts to safeguard your information.