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Cybersecurity Awareness Month: Talonist’s Tips

By Talon Marketing | October 23, 2023

October is coming to a close, and with it comes the crisp autumn air, pumpkin-spiced everything, and – most importantly for our industry – Cybersecurity Awareness Month. This global initiative is an opportunity for individuals and organizations alike to refocus on the ever-evolving landscape of online threats and best practices. 

For this special occasion, we reached out to five of our own Talonsists to get their top cybersecurity tips. Here’s what they had to say: 

Mischa Peters, Director of Sales Engineering EMEA 

The Question: What’s your top advice for someone unsure about the legitimacy of an email or a link they’ve received? 

The Answer: “When in doubt, don’t click it, open it, or respond to it.” 

Why It Matters: Mischa’s role involves understanding the unique challenges that businesses in the EMEA region face. His simple advice underscores the importance of caution. Phishing attempts and suspicious links are prevalent threats, and sometimes the best line of defense is simply to avoid interaction altogether. 

Shlomi Zrahia, Director of Product Management 

The Question: What’s the first thing everyone should do to ensure their online accounts are safe? 

The Answer: “Everyone should use strong, unique passwords for each online account. This is a fundamental step in preventing unauthorized access.” 

Why It Matters: Shlomi is at the forefront of Talon’s product evolution, ensuring that our solutions remain cutting-edge. He knows that, while advanced tools are essential, basics like strong passwords form the bedrock of cybersecurity. Using a different password for each account can prevent a breach on one platform from compromising others. 

Jonathan Sander, Lead Sales Engineer 

The Question: What’s one non-negotiable cybersecurity practice that businesses often overlook? 

The Answer: “No matter how painful it may be, always patch. Patching is the magic spell that vanquishes most of the demons.” 

Why It Matters: Sander works closely with our sales teams, often being the bridge between technical specifications and real-world applications. His emphasis on patching is crucial. Vulnerabilities in outdated software can serve as entry points for attackers, so regularly updating and patching systems is akin to closing open windows in a storm. 

Chen Siedner, Customer Success Manager 

The Question: How can individuals protect their personal accounts, especially on popular social networks? 

The Answer: “If you are using social networks, add MFA. Do it today for WhatsApp, Facebook, everything.” 

Why It Matters: Chen’s focus on customer success means she’s in tune with the challenges users face daily. Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) adds an extra layer of security, ensuring that even if a password is compromised, access to the account remains restricted. For platforms that house personal information, this step is invaluable. 

Ohad Bobrov, Chief Technology Officer 

The Question: In today’s digital age, if you could give one piece of advice that bridges the gap between company leaders and everyday users, what would it be? 

The Answer: “Treat every piece of data as if it were your own personal diary. Whether you’re a high-level executive or a casual browser, the value remains the same.” 

Why It Matters: Ohad, as Talon’s CTO, oversees the technological backbone of Talon and understands the intricate balance between accessibility and security. His advice underscores a universal truth in cybersecurity: data, regardless of its perceived importance, is invaluable. For company leaders, it’s a reminder that organizational data is as sensitive as personal information. For everyday users, it’s an encouragement to recognize the importance of even seemingly trivial online interactions. In an era where data breaches can impact both corporations and individuals, this perspective fosters a culture of collective responsibility and vigilance. 

As we navigate Cybersecurity Awareness Month, the insights from Talon’s experts bring to light the universal significance of cybersecurity practices. From the boardroom to the living room, the principles of data protection and proactive measures remain paramount. From everyone at Talon, we wish you a vigilant and secure Cybersecurity Awareness October! 


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