Happy October! Did you know that October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM)? In fact, this is the 17th year that the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency (CISA) and the National Cybersecurity Alliance (NCSA) have joined forces to help raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity to businesses.
This year’s theme, “Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart” is a great reminder for both individuals and organizations to own their role when it comes to cybersecurity. Here at Cygilant, we know that cybersecurity is important year round, but this is a great reminder for all to be cyber smart.
To kick off the month, we spoke with our in-house cybersecurity experts to identify the top three cybersecurity tips that small and mid-size businesses can focus on that will help them eliminate the majority of cyberattacks.
- Password Management – It’s not enough for employees to change their password often. Our experts recommend using a password manager and two-factor authentication in order to keep all your accounts cyber secure.
- Be Prepared – It’s easy to think that a data breach will never happen to you or your organization. But the reality is that it’s not a question of if, it’s when. Preparation is critical which is why we urge our clients to create and implement a response plan that helps mitigate the long-term damage of a data breach.
- If connected, protect it – All of your devices need to be protected including smart devices so it’s important to incorporate them into the overall corporate security strategy. Ensure they meet your corporate policies and use anti-virus software to protect devices from threats.
Cygilant will be participating in NCSAM by providing practical advice, tips and insight throughout the month. Get involved by using NCSAM’s hashtag #BeCyberSmart on social media and follow @Cygilant, @CISAgov, and @StaySafeOnline to get the latest updates throughout the month.
We've also created free National Cybersecurity Awareness Month posters that you can hang at work or email to your team to help educate them on steps to protect against cyber security threats.