Catching Up At Year-End

Sometimes during the week between Christmas and New Year’s I spend some time doing those things that I should have done earlier in the year. I have a foot high stack of magazines to go through and a couple late reports to file. I also have a few things on my personal security agenda to do. I’m sharing this list because maybe you need to add some of these to your year-end list, too.

  1. Shred old bills and papers I don’t need any more, such as old credit card statements. I have a list from my accountant of what I don’t need any more. Some things will be scanned, but most of them will go through my (new, cross-cut) shredder. I don’t need to keep them, and I don’t want to throw them in the trash for fear that dumpster-diving identity thieves might find them useful.
  2. Change my passwords. It’s as good a time as any. Some people change smoke alarm batteries when they change to Daylight Savings Time (a very good idea, BTW), I change passwords after all the Christmas shopping.
  3. Check online credit card statements to ensure that nothing has been charged to my cards I didn’t expect. With the Target breach and other skimming, now is a good time to ensure I’m not “giving a thief a merry Christmas”.
  4.  Read. I have some reading in the area of security to catch up on. You can do that, too. You can catch up on any of our blog posts you missed (but you probably didn’t miss any…), and you could check out a book such as The Myths of Security.
  5. Verify my backup system. I try to periodically retrieve a file or two from my online backup each year-end to ensure that current files are still being saved (yes, I get daily reports, but still, it doesn’t hurt to check).
  6. Consider what to change about Learning Tree Course 468, System and Network Security Introduction. We update the course each year, and I like to spend a little time over the holiday “break” thinking about what “new” things from the current year we should consider adding to the course and what we should spend less time on. (If you let me know your thoughts below, I’ll add them to the list to consider.)
  7. Sit back, relax, and think of all the things I have to be thankful for. You, dear reader, are one of those.  I love sharing this material and I love that you read it.

As this is posted, I’ll be celebrating Christmas with friends by making a special dinner. I hope each of you has a fantastic, safe and secure season, however you celebrate the holidays.

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