Cybersecurity Awareness Month: See Your Role in Protecting Data
Cybersecurity is complex. There are many ways hackers can access your information, and their technology and techniques are just getting stronger every day. Our world is also going more and more digital. There are over 5 billion people using the internet globally and 60% of business data is stored in the cloud. That’s a lot of information for hackers to access.
What is Cybersecurity Awareness Month?
National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) is a joint effort between the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and public and private partners, like the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the National Cybersecurity Alliance (NCA). These partners work together to raise awareness around the world and “ensure all individuals and organizations make smart [cybersecurity] decisions…now and in the future.”
What is the Theme for October 2022 Cybersecurity Awareness Month?
“See Yourself in Cyber.”
Cybersecurity is ultimately about the people. The CISA and NCA urge everyone to recognize and embrace their roles and responsibilities in protecting themselves (and others) online.
For example, individuals or consumers can protect themselves with common best practices, like strong passwords and avoiding unprotected public Wi-Fi. Suppliers and vendors can help increase cybersecurity by implementing cybersecurity plans and ensuring their software follows the strongest security protocols. People who have the right technical skills and desire can work for cybersecurity companies or the Government to help fight against the growing challenges of keeping everyone safe online.
Everyone plays a role in cybersecurity — it’s just about understanding your role and following best practices to stay safe. There’s a lot of work to do, considering 95% of breaches are caused by human error.
How Can You Protect Your Business from Cybersecurity Threats?
The CISA and NCA recommend everyone complete these four key things to get started:
- Enable multi-factor authentication
- Use strong passwords
- Recognize and report phishing
- Update your software
When it comes to protecting your business, you’ll have to implement more safeguards. Your staff and clients trust you with their personal information, and you’re obligated to protect it. If you have a powerful tech stack that’s built with security in mind, you can rest assured that your most valuable information is safeguarded by the strongest security measures.
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