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Digital Identity Safety

Introduction to digital identity safety

If you live in the modern world, you must understand the importance of your digital identity safety.

Your digital identity includes many pieces of information and attributes that uniquely represent you. These pieces of info include usernames, passwords, email addresses, digital certificates, and behavioral biometrics. As you know, your digital identity is used to manage your digital interactions with various cyberspace applications, enabling access to systems, apps, and services, such as Finance and Bank accounts, Workspaces, Sports and lifestyle clubs, Transportation, Communication devices, Business accounts, and many more.

Tesla Breach Case

One compelling example from recent months is the "Tesla Breach." 

On August 18, 2023, Tesla filed a notice of data breach with the Attorney General of Maine after discovering that two former employees leaked more than 75,000 individuals' personal information to a foreign media outlet. The information included addresses, phone numbers, employment-related records, and Social Security numbers.

Identity theft not only jeopardizes the privacy and security of individuals but also poses a significant threat to organizations' operational integrity and credibility. In the wake of such incidents, it is imperative for any organization that wants to have a secure work environment to prioritize identity management.

Organizations can significantly reduce the risk of identity theft and its associated consequences by adopting a proactive approach to safeguarding digital identities.

Here are five must-do actions to secure your online identity:

  1. Implement Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) to all employees: MFA adds an extra layer of security by requiring users to provide two or more verification factors to gain access to their accounts. This small but critical option can include something they know (password), something they have (a security token), or something they are (biometric verification). MFA can significantly reduce the risk of unauthorized access even if login credentials are compromised.

  2. Regularly Update and Strengthen Passwords: Encourage complex passwords and enforce regular password updates. Utilizing password managers can help generate and store strong, unique passwords for different accounts, thus minimizing the risk of password-based attacks.

  3. Educate Employees on Phishing Scams: Cybercriminals commonly use phishing attacks to steal login credentials. Conducting regular training sessions to educate employees about the latest phishing techniques and how to recognize phishing attempts can go a long way in preventing identity theft.

  4. Monitor and Manage Digital Footprints: Use identity management solutions to continuously monitor and manage your organization's and employees' digital footprints. This includes keeping track of where and how personal information is shared and being vigilant about the information that is made publicly available. Implementing attack surface and third-party risk management technology will help you identify the risks you face from your external supply chain and irresponsible employees who might be sharing sensitive information online.

  5. Leverage Advanced Identity Protection Tools: Invest in advanced identity protection tools that offer continuous monitoring, risk assessment, and response to threats against identities. These tools can detect suspicious activities, such as unusual login attempts from unrecognized devices or locations, and take automatic action to prevent unauthorized access.

The US Department of Justice shared information on its website about Identity theft. What are the most common ways for Identity Theft? What Can You Do If You've Become a Victim of Identity Theft? And What's the Department of Justice Doing About Identity Theft and Fraud?

Organization digital identity security

Your organization's

is constantly threatened. This threat may come from external bad actors looking to exploit your business for their benefit or from internal unguided employees who have limited knowledge and understanding of cyber threats.

By implementing robust identity management practices and leveraging advanced tools, organizations can protect themselves and their stakeholders from the dire consequences of identity theft.

Securing your digital identity is not just about protecting personal or corporate data; it's about safeguarding your reputation, trust, and organization's future.

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