Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Cybersecurity Awareness MonthOctober is Cybersecurity Awareness Month and this year’s theme is “See Yourself in Cyber.” The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the National Cybersecurity Alliance (NCA) campaign focuses on the individual this year to communicate that while cybersecurity is complex, it comes down to people. The campaign is also based on current data, which shows 82% of breaches involve human error, and the average cost of a data breach increased again this year to $4.35 million.

Phishing campaigns have continued to evolve this year with Ransomware as a Service (Raas), Hackers Getting Around MFA, and AiTM Attacks; the focus on the individual follows the data.

This year the campaign is focused on four essential cyber hygiene points everyone should follow.

  • Think Before You Click: Recognize and Report Phishing: If a link looks a little off, think before you click. It could be an attempt to get sensitive information or install malware.
  • Update Your Software: Don’t delay — If you see a software update notification, act promptly. Better yet, turn on automatic updates.
  • Use Strong Passwords: Use passwords that are long, unique, and randomly generated. Use password managers to generate and remember different, complex passwords for each of your accounts. A password manager will encrypt passwords securing them for you!
  • Enable Multi-Factor Authentication: You need more than a password to protect your online accounts, and enabling MFA makes you significantly less likely to get hacked.

The campaign also focuses on those in the industry and those interested in becoming cybersecurity professionals. The campaign calls on individuals to “See Yourself taking action to stay safe online.” Those interested in cybersecurity to “See Yourself joining the cybersecurity workforce.” And those already in the industry to “See Yourself as part of the solution.”

CISA provides resources for businesses and individuals for Cybersecurity Awareness Month. Click here for more information.

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Posted by Charles Wright