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September 27, 2023
This year marks 20 years of Cybersecurity Awareness Month (CAM), a month dedicated to raising awareness about cyber-smart behaviors and empowering businesses and individuals to protect their data.
Securing your business against an evolving threat landscape is more important than ever. Of course it is. But so is reinforcing basic cyber hygiene. Most data breaches are still due to insider threats, caused by individuals with the best of intentions who still inadvertently fall for phishing and social engineering tactics, costing their organization millions of dollars per incident.
Let’s get back to basics and continue to reinforce behaviors that will help protect your business from the inside.
Strong passwords are fundamental to securing online activity. Update passwords regularly and use a strong, unique password for every professional and personal account. Password best practices:
Build on your strong password with multi-factor authentication (MFA) for enhanced security. MFA requires users to present at least two pieces of evidence to prove their identity, making it much harder for cybercriminals to gain unauthorized access to your accounts even if they have compromised your password. Popular MFA methods include one-time SMS passcodes, hard tokens, security questions and push-to-accept notifications with number matching or other user input.
Threat actors will always go the route of least resistance; and it doesn’t get much easier than vulnerabilities in software and applications. Turn on automatic updates when possible and always update security patches and software updates as soon as possible.
Phishing scams continue to be a worldwide threat to organizations. Proofpoint’s 2023 State of the Phish reports that more than a third of surveyed respondents took at least one action in 2022 that put themselves or their organization at risk.
Employees who know what to look for are less likely to fall victim to a phishing scam. Educate your employees about cyber best practices, including phishing threats, with Optiv’s free cybersecurity awareness training or see a few tips below.
Everywhere you go online, you leave a digital footprint. Cybercriminals can use this footprint to create more effective social engineering schemes. When traveling for work or working remotely in a public setting, use an enterprise Virtual Private Network (VPN) solution and browse in incognito mode.
These tips are simple yet so effective. Let’s all do our part to build a culture of cybersecurity awareness and best practices in our organizations this month and every month.
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