Cybersecurity has become a critical topic to PMMI members and the packaging industry in today’s business environment. As a result, PMMI has created CyberHealth, to assist you with your cybersecurity needs and keep you up to date on current business practices, key trends, and imminent threats. Check this page often as we will be updating the information and resources on a regular basis.
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Weak passwords and compromised credentials have been among the top reasons behind cyber breaches for some time now. Did you know that simple passwords that are less than seven characters in length and can be cracked in mere seconds? Commonly used passwords such as “123456,” “password”, or even your dog’s name can be easily cracked and are not considered secure at all.
Cybersecurity awareness training has been identified as one of the most key actions that companies can take in order to prevent cyber attacks. Employees using computers to do their jobs every day are the first line of defense against cyberattacks. Since the pandemic began, the number of floor manufacturing staff with access to corporate e-mail, applications, and networks has risen sharply with many of these employees having never had access to these systems previously.
In 2018 the US Government created the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency with the goal of connecting the public and private sectors to each other and to resources, analyses, and tools to help build their own cyber, communications, and physical security and resilience. With the development of recent geopolitical events, CISA launched the Shields Up program to provide the latest cybersecurity updates and information as well as guidance for all organizations on measures to adopt to enhance cybersecurity.
In our first issue of PMMI CyberHealth, we explore passwords and authentication. It is estimated that over 80% of cyberattacks are caused by weak passwords that are easily guessed or “cracked”, making it one of the easiest and most dangerous vectors for attackers to gain access to your systems and wreak havoc.
The Biden-Harris Administration has warned repeatedly about the potential for Russia to engage in malicious cyber activity against the United States in response to the unprecedented economic sanctions we have imposed. There is now evolving intelligence that Russia may be exploring options for potential cyberattacks.