What is Cyber Hygiene?

Definition: Cyber Hygiene refers to the practices and steps that users of computers and other devices take to maintain system health and improve online security. These practices are akin to personal hygiene but applied to the digital environment. Good cyber hygiene involves a series of proactive measures to protect and secure data and to prevent cyber threats. 

Essential Practices in Cyber Hygiene: 

  • Regular Software Updates: Keeping all software, including operating systems and applications, updated to ensure that security vulnerabilities are patched. 
  • Strong Password Practices: Using complex, unique passwords for different accounts and changing them regularly. Utilizing password managers is often recommended. 
  • Regular Backups: Regularly backing up data to protect against data loss from cyber attacks, such as ransomware or hardware failure. 
  • Anti-virus and Anti-malware Software: Installing and regularly updating anti-virus and anti-malware software to detect and prevent malicious software attacks. 
  • Secure Network Connections: Using secure, encrypted network connections, such as VPNs, especially when accessing the internet over public Wi-Fi networks. 
  • Phishing Awareness: Being vigilant against phishing attempts and not clicking on suspicious links or downloading attachments from unknown sources. 
  • Limiting User Access and Privileges: Implementing the principle of least privilege where users are given only the access necessary to perform their job. 
  • Benefits of Good Cyber Hygiene: 
  • Reduced Risk of Cyber Attacks: By regularly updating and maintaining security measures, the risk of successful cyber attacks is significantly lowered. 
  • Protection of Sensitive Information: Ensures that sensitive personal and business information is protected against unauthorized access and breaches. 
  • Improved System Performance: Regular maintenance and updates can also improve the overall performance and longevity of devices. 

Challenges: 

  • Consistency and Discipline: Maintaining consistent cyber hygiene practices requires discipline and regular attention. 
  • Keeping Informed of Best Practices: Cyber threats are continually evolving, which necessitates staying informed about the latest security best practices and threats. 
  • Balancing Convenience and Security: Often, stringent security measures can be seen as an inconvenience, and finding the right balance is crucial. 

Cyber Hygiene is a critical aspect of personal and organizational security in the digital age. It involves a set of practices that, when consistently applied, significantly reduce the risk of cyber threats and protect sensitive information. Good cyber hygiene is not a one-time effort but a continuous practice that evolves as new threats and technologies emerge. 

Get your security controls assessment now


Recommended Articles

Subscribe to our BLOG

Get the latest security insights, news and articles delivered to your inbox.

Product

Product Overview

Maximize security posture while ensuring business uptime

Odin

AI-Powered Contextual Cybersearch

Automated Security Controls Assessment

Validate your security control

Integrations

Connect Veriti with your security solutions

Use Cases

Agentless OS-Level Remediation

Proactively safeguard your systems directly at the OS-Level on the endpoint

Vulnerability Remediation

Safely remediate vulnerabilities in one click

Validate Risk Posture

Identify postural gaps by querying your security configuration

Eliminate False Positives

Reduce alert fatigue. Increase Security Effectiveness

Maintain Security Hygiene

Monitor the hygiene of your security solutions

Enhance zero-day Protection

Identify and distribute zero-day indicators of attack

Solutions

VERITI FOR Enterprises

increase business outcomes

VERITI FOR MSSPs

Efficiently manage multiple clients in a consolidated platform

VERITI FOR HEALTHCARE

Neutralize security gaps without impacting healthcare operations

VERITI FOR MANUFACTURING

Protect the heart of your production processes

State of Enterprise Security Controls

DOWNLOAD Report >>

Resources

See all resources

Blog

Veriti's security blog

Downloads

The latest guides, white papers and infographics

Events

Live event and on-demand webinars

Glossary

Our Comprehensive Definitions Guide

MASTERING MODERN OS-LEVEL SECURITY: THE AGENTLESS APPROACH

WATCH NOW>>

Our Story

Learn about Veriti

Leadership Team

Meet the team

Careers

Work with us

Newsroom

Our latest updates

Contact US

Get in touch

CHANNEL PARTNERS

Become a partner

MSSPs

Reduce operational costs