Eliminate Cybercrime Threats

This is past October marked the 18th year for Cybersecurity Awareness Month (CSAM). This yearly event was launched in 2004 by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA).  Together, their mission is to ensure that people all across the country are familiar with the latest practices and knowledge in the industry.

With all the information that is stored online, cybersecurity has developed into a drastic concern in today’s world. CSAM assures that Americans have all the resources and knowledge necessary to stay secure online. Alongside this, CSAM focuses on teaching the next generation of security professionals early in their career, so they understand the value and importance of cybersecurity jobs.

The focus of this month was to ‘Do Your Part and Be Cyber Smart‘. Each week focused on a different key message to ensure safe practices and up-to-date knowledge. With a month packed full of information on cybersecurity, there are 4 main takeaways from this year’s Cybersecurity Awareness Month.

Be Cyber Smart

Businesses face significant financial loss when a cyber-attack occurs. In 2020, a sharp increase was reported in cyberattacks that target businesses using stolen logins and passwords. Cybercriminals often rely on human error—employees failing to install software patches or clicking on malicious links—to gain access to systems. From the top leadership to the newest employee, cybersecurity requires the vigilance of everyone to keep data, customers, and capital safe and secure. Be cyber smart to connect with confidence and support a culture of cybersecurity at your organization.

Phight the Phish!

Phishing attacks use email or malicious websites to infect your machine with malware and viruses to collect personal and financial information. Cybercriminals attempt to lure users to click on a link or open an attachment that infects their computers, creating vulnerabilities for criminals to use to attack. Phishing emails may appear to come from a real financial institution, e-commerce site, government agency, or any other service, business, or individual. The email may also request personal information such as account numbers, passwords, or Social Security numbers. When users respond with the information or click on a link, attackers use it to access users’ accounts.

Enable Multi-Factor Authentication

Multi-factor authentication (MFA) is defined as a security process that requires more than one method of authentication from independent sources to verify the user’s identity. In other words, a person wishing to use the system is given access only after providing two or more pieces of information which uniquely identifies that person.

Have you noticed how often security breaches, stolen data, and identity theft are consistently front-page news these days? Perhaps you, or someone you know, are a victim of cyber criminals who stole personal information, banking credentials, or more. As these incidents become more prevalent, you should consider using multi-factor authentication,
also called strong authentication, or two-factor authentication. This technology may already be familiar to you, as many banking and financial institutions require both a password and one of the following to log in: a call, email, or text containing a code. By applying these principles of verification to more of your personal accounts, such as email, social media, and more, you can better secure your information and identity online!

Cybersecurity First 

Cybersecurity is the art and science of protecting networks, devices, and data from unauthorized access or criminal use and the practice of ensuring confidentiality, integrity, and availability of information. Cybersecurity is making sure that your online presence, your smart devices, your information in cyber space stays safe and out of the hands of the wrong
people.

Every time you use the Internet, you face choices related to your security. Friends can be selected, links clicked, websites accessed, and wireless networks can be joined. Your security and the security of the nation depends on making secure online decisions. Making the Internet more safe and secure requires all of us to take responsibility for our own cybersecurity posture.

Cybersecurity Awareness Month Resources

During Cybersecurity Awareness Month, the following resources are invaluable tools for reducing cybersecurity risks and protecting yourself online. Use these resources in your communities and share them with your stakeholders throughout the year to encourage strong, nationwide cybersecurity. 

Impactful Actions that will Reduce Cybercrime by 85%

Monsters of Cybersecurity

Cyber Tips to Beat Halloween Tricks

Best Practices that will Save your Business in 30 Minutes

Consequences of being Caught in the Dark Web

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