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Cybersecurity Awareness Month – Do Your Part Be Cyber Smart (Part 1 of 2)

Cybersecurity Awareness Month

It’s October and while for most people that brings thoughts of horror movies, costumes, and Halloween it’s also Cybersecurity Awareness Month! Now in its 17th year, Cybersecurity Awareness Month continues to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity, ensuring that everyone has the resources they need to be safer and more secure online. This yearly effort was started by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA)  and the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA).

Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart

The theme for 2020 is “Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart”. The theme empowers individuals and organizations to own their role in protecting their part of cyberspace, with a particular emphasis on the key message for 2020: “If you connect it, protect it.”  If everyone does their part – implementing stronger security practices, raising community awareness, educating vulnerable audiences, or training employees – our interconnected world will be safer and more resilient for everyone.

Daily cybersecurity tips on our social media channels

To celebrate the month and do our part we will be posting 2 blog posts this month focused on cybersecurity (this is part 1 of 2 – the second part will be posted on the 20th). We will also be sharing daily cybersecurity training tips across all our social media channels this month. Be sure to follow us on your social media channels of choice

Each day we will share a cybersecurity myth or tip to help you and your team be more aware of the cybersecurity threats that face us all and make sure you are aware of the issues and how to keep you, your company, and your data safe.

Cybersecurity statistics

Cybersecurity is an issue we all need to be aware of and prepared to handle. Here are some statistics that will help you know you are not alone:

  • 77% of organizations do not have a cybersecurity response plan
  • 95% of cybersecurity breaches are due to human error
  • It takes companies nearly 6 months to detect a data breach
  • There is a hacker attack every 39 seconds
  • In 2018 hackers stole half a billion personal records
  • By 2020 there will be roughly 200 billion connected devices
  • Once plugged into the internet, connected devices are attacked within 5 minutes and targeted by specific exploits in 24 hours.

We all need to take this threat seriously. Don’t worry – it’s not all doom and gloom. There are concrete steps you and your company can take to make sure everyone is trained and taking the right steps to keep your people and data safe. Cybersecurity is everyone’s job. It’s not just for IT professionals or managers. If we all do our part, we can all stay safe.

Helpful cybersecurity resources

Here are some useful cybersecurity resources to help you and your team to increase your cybersecurity awareness and keep your people and your network safe.

Free webinars:

Several upcoming free webinars are being held by the National Cyber Security Alliance you may be interested in attending. Sign up for these today and put them on your calendar.

Downloadable PDF tip sheets:

Here are a few downloadable PDF tip sheets for you and your team:

We hope you’ll join us this month in committing to cybersecurity awareness. Don’t forget to follow us for daily tips on our social media channels and look forward to part 2 of this post in a few weeks where we will share some more tips sheets, helpful videos, and other resources.

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Phil Montero

Phil Montero

Phil Montero is a Marketing and Solution Engineer at The Garam Group working with companies to help them choose the right tools and thoughtfully apply them to improve their business. He has spent the last 2 decades sharing his technology tips and strategies through consulting, blog posts, videos, and webinars to help educate clients, keep them up to date on current technology, and navigate the changing world of work. When he's not writing or talking about tech, he can be found drinking coffee, playing ukulele, or cheering on his NY Giants.