October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month
At a time when we are more connected than ever, being “cyber smart” is of the utmost importance.
This year has already seen more than a fair share of attacks and breaches! The SolarWinds and Kaseya breaches, as well as high-profile attacks on the Colonial Pipeline and other critical infrastructure. Furthermore, cyberattacks are becoming more sophisticated with more evolved bad actors cropping up each day. Luckily, there are several steps that we can take on a daily basis to mitigate risks and stay one step ahead of cybercriminals.
Small businesses are quickly deploying various technologies to better serve their customers and manage their business more efficiently. Different kinds of technologies, however, come with a variety of risks and, thus, require alternative strategies to protect them. This “Quick Wins” sheet can be used as a starting point as a content outline for your own security awareness training program.
Phishing may be “one of the oldest tricks in the book,” but it is still incredibly effective. And although it may be hard to spot when you may be in the midst of a phishing attempt, by exercising caution and deploying these few fundamentals, individuals and organizations more broadly can drastically mitigate the chances of falling victim to a phishing attack.
Being cyber smart and maintaining stellar online hygiene is the best way to protect yourself and others from cyber attacks.
No single tip is foolproof, but taken together they can make a real difference in taking control of your online presence. Following these tips is also easy, and free. By taking preventive measures and making a habit of practicing online safety, you can decrease your odds of being hacked exponentially – and prevent lost time and money, as well as annoyance.