EDS' Eight Cyber Security Tips



    PLANO, Texas, Oct. 29 /CNW/ -- According to a CSI/FBI Computer Crime and
Security Study, cyber crimes cost the United States economy an estimated $67
billion in damages(i), which is comparable to the U.S. federal government's
estimated information technology (IT) spending for fiscal year 2008(ii).
    Corporations and governments have long known an effective IT security
program requires dedicated resources - people, processes and technology.
Investing wisely in cyber security is a fundamental cost of doing business in
the relatively new wired world.
    "The big business and government approach to cyber security contrasts
sharply with many small business and home computer users who can
unsuspectingly be the 'back doors' to a full-scale cyber attack," said Dave
Morrow, EDS chief security and privacy officer. "This weakness at the
grassroots level requires all users to be responsible citizens in the
collective online world with equal time and energy spent to protect these
computers. Everyone must practice safe computing habits and good personal
computing hygiene."
    In honor of National Cyber Security Awareness Month, EDS security and
privacy experts have identified EDS' eight tips to help consumers secure their
part of cyberspace:
    
    1. Know the threat. The online world is a dangerous place. Just like any
       city or town, there are "good" neighborhoods and "bad" ones. Likewise,
       the Internet community has an overwhelming number of good, decent
       people mixed in with a few "bad guys." The bad guys can be right next
       door or across the globe, but both can be equally harmful to you and
       your personal data.
    

    
    2. Use the tools. Every home or small business user should install
       commonly available security tools such as anti-virus software,
       anti-spyware software and a personal firewall. It's also important
       these programs and the computer's operating system must be maintained
       with the most recent patches or updates. Probably the most common --
       and most easily remedied -- security problem in home or small business
       computers is out-of-date software.
    

    
    3. Be smart online. Like the physical world, cyberspace has its
       "con-artist side" typified by bogus e-mails advertising
       "get-rich-quick" schemes, "can't-miss" stocks and come-ons from the
       opposite sex who "can't wait" to chat. All too often, these are
       teasers drawing users to Web sites with viruses, bot programs or other
       cyber risks. In many cases, anything goes and relatively few rules
       apply. Remember, if it is too good to be true, it probably is.
    

    
    4. Never respond to unsolicited requests for personal information. Be
       wary of e-mails from organizations or individuals asking for your
       personal information. Always ask or look for contact information on
       unsolicited requests and be skeptical. No reputable bank, for example,
       will e-mail you asking you to provide personal information for
       "account verification." If you believe the content may be suspect,
       contact the company directly to verify.
    

    
    5. Beware of "phishing" e-mails. Phishing is one of the fastest-growing
       forms of online fraud for identity thieves. Phishing e-mails appear
       legitimate, often addressing you by name, which makes them even more
       convincing. Thieves sending these e-mails usually ask you to click on
       a link in the email that takes you to a phony Web site -- if you are
       interested, it is best to go to the site yourself by typing the Web
       site name directly into your browser rather than clicking on the link
       provided in the e-mail. A skeptical attitude toward unsolicited e-
       mails is always the best policy, especially if you have never done
       business with a company before receiving an e-mail solicitation from
       it.
    

    
    6. Do not use personal information for passwords. Using information such
       as Social Security numbers, birth dates, names, e-mail addresses or
       telephone numbers as passwords can make you an easy target.  Be sure
       your passwords contain at least eight characters and include numbers
       or symbols. To avoid misuse, do not write down passwords.
    

    
    7. Review privacy and security policies for the companies you do business
       with online. All reputable companies post a privacy and security
       policy or statement on their Web site. This should tell you what
       information the company collects, how it is used and what is shared.
       If you are concerned about your information being shared with other
       companies, make sure there is an option to keep your information
       confidential.
    

    
    8. Monitor online activity regularly. If you conduct business online,
       review your account statements regularly and consider using a separate
       credit card for online purchases or payments to ensure all
       transactions are in order. By reviewing online statements and
       transactions frequently, you could detect a theft and limit its
       damage. Identity thieves typically use stolen information for only a
       short period of time to avoid being caught. If you suspect a security
       breach, act quickly by contacting the companies you do business with
       immediately.
    

    Corporations and governments, while certainly not perfect, devote a lot
of effort to foster a safe online world -- it is simply good business and
sound government. This same thinking has to exist everywhere, with everyone.
The power of the Internet comes with a great shared responsibility of cyber
security.
    
    About EDS
    
    EDS (NYSE:   EDS) is a leading global technology services company
delivering business solutions to its clients. EDS founded the information
technology outsourcing industry 45 years ago. Today, EDS delivers a broad
portfolio of information technology and business process outsourcing services
to clients in the manufacturing, financial services, healthcare,
communications, energy, transportation, and consumer and retail industries and
to governments around the world. Learn more at eds.com.

    
    (i)  2005 CSI/FBI Computer Crime and Security Survey
    (ii) Nick Wakerman, "Report: Fed IT spending to top $67 billion in 2008,"
         Washington Technology, October 18, 2007.
    

    
    Contact:
    Julie Basa -- EDS
    972 605 1862
    julie.basa@eds.com
    




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For further information: Julie Basa of Electronic Data Systems 
Corporation, +1-972-605-1862, julie.basa@eds.com Web Site:
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