October 23, 2019

Cyber Awareness Month: Why Cybersecurity Is More Important Than Ever

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) and there's no better time to rehash why cybersecurity is crucial in all businesses. 

 

NCSAM is a collaboration between industry and government to emphasize the importance of personal and business cybersecurity efforts. 

This year's theme is "Own IT. Secure IT. Protect IT."  The goal is to encourage cyber awareness through a proactive approach to security and spotting common security threats. 

Here's why cybersecurity is critical, not just this month, but always. 

Threats are Growing 

The cyberattacks on major companies like Facebook, Yahoo and Equifax show that this is a real threat that can affect companies of all sizes, not just small businesses with smaller security budgets. 

For all the major cyberattacks you see, there are thousands that aren't publicized. In fact, more than 4,000 ransomware attacks now occur on a daily basis.

Hackers are Getting Smarter 

Hackers continue to get smarter in the way they target individuals and businesses online. Attacks aren't just increasing in frequency, they're increasing in sophistication as well. 

They're using fake identities, posing as your friends, coworkers or family to attempt to steal your information.  

The Internet of Things Exposes Us to More Risks 

Thanks to smart devices we are more connected to the Internet than ever before. While convenient, this type of connectivity has its risks. 

If you're not using proactive cybersecurity methods your smart devices could be exposing you to hackers--and you may unwittingly let them in. 

More Personal Information is Shared Online 

With all the business that is conducted online these days, people are starting to feel more comfortable giving out their private information. 

However, things like bank account and credit card information should never be shared online with anyone.

Best Practices in Cybersecurity 

To reduce your risk of a cyberattack, there are a few measures your company should take. 

Use Multi-Factor Identification 

Multi-factor identification protects your business's information from hackers. It uses multiple methods of identification, like biometrics and passwords, to protect you against phishing attacks. 

Implement Company-Wide Training 

Many cyber attacks happen simply because someone was unaware of the risks. Employees should be trained to identify threats to cybersecurity, such as phishing attacks via email that seem credible at first glance. 

Use Strong Passwords 

This is one of your best defenses against a cyberattack. Your password should not something that is easily guessed or common, like your favorite pet's name or favorite sports team. 

Use a mix of special characters and upper case letters, and don't write your password down anywhere.  

Cyber Awareness is Everyone's Responsibility 

Powerful password management and in-depth company training are just a couple of methods for reducing your risk of being attacked. 

Take this month to learn about the dangers of cybercrime and raise your cyber awareness. 

Then implement these methods within your organization to ensure that your data is protected. 

Learn more about us and how we can help keep your business safe from cybersecurity threats. 

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