October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month

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October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month

This October, countries around the world are tackling the issue cybersecurity.

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From individual identities being stolen to millions of dollars in data being swiped from big name brands, it’s clear that cybercrime continues to run rampant. Today’s reliance on technology increases the risk of our data being mishandled by criminals. Individually and as a society, it is important that we understand our risks and take appropriate preventative actions.

Cybersecurity Awareness Month Details

This October, countries around the world are tackling the issue. In the United States, for instance, the National Cyber Security Alliance is in its 15th year of trying to raise awareness about cyber risks. Their National Cyber Security Awareness events are broken down into theme weeks: risks at home, cybersecurity careers, risks in the workplace and risks to the national infrastructure.

The National Cyber Security Alliance is in its 15th year of trying to raise awareness about cyber risks.

Meanwhile, in the EU, a similar advocacy campaign will take place. The European Cyber Security Month also spans the month of October with the theme “Stop, Think, Connect.” This is hosted by The European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA), the European Commission DG CONNECT and their various partners.

Each organization and thousands of their supporters offer a variety of tools and talking points that are designed to raise awareness about cyber threats – both among private citizens and within companies. We encourage you to visit them, take their quizzes, read their documentation and remind your families to stay safe online.

Employees and Cybercrime Awareness

Of course, as business leaders, it is equally important to guard against cybercrime in the workplace. Attacks can cripple a company and cause thousands (or even millions) of dollars in losses: in fact, it has been reported that cybercrime may cost the global economy up to $600 billion in 2018.

Spread awareness about the steps that each individual can take to minimize cybercrime risk.

Despite this, employees do not always take the risk to heart. According to the 2018 Varonis Global Data Risk Report, 30% of companies do not have appropriate access controls in place for sensitive folders; 65% of companies have over 500 people with passwords that never expire. The risk is huge, yet awareness remains small.

As a company that helps businesses respond more quickly to cyber threats, our focus at OTRS has been on cybersecurity for many years now. To help you spread the message to your employees and teams, we’ve created the following simple, fast reminder videos. Share them liberally to help spread awareness about the steps that each individual can take to minimize cybercrime risk.

Tip 1: Routinely change your passwords.

Tip 2: Do not share sensitive information with unknown sources. If you’re suspicious, ask.

Tip 3: Update all software as prompted.

Tip 4: Backup your files on a regular basis.

 

Cyberattacks are indeed a threat to your business. They are dangerous to all-sized businesses in any industry, so use this month to talk with employees about the steps that they can take to safeguard the future of your company.