Your computer was hacked. Now what do you do?

The first thing to do if you believe that you have been hacked at work is to report it to the CTS Service Desk and/or the Security Operations Center immediately. Next, change your passwords for all your accounts, starting with critical accounts such as your domain login. If you've been hacked, there is a chance that important passwords have been stolen. It is also important to change passwords that you have reused other places such as using the same password for work and personal email.

Use separate and unique ID/password combinations for different accounts and avoid writing them down. Make the passwords more complicated by combining letters, numbers, special characters, and by changing them on a regular basis. If you are unable to log into one of your accounts, contact the service provider or website immediately. Most online providers include an online form, an email address to contact, or a phone number to call.

Security tips are brought to you by the CTS SOC. The mission of the CTS SOC is to provide centralized information sharing, monitoring, and analysis of Washington State security posture. Contact us at: soc@cts.wa.gov.