Make Every Month National Cyber Security Awareness Month

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Here in the United States, October marks National Cyber Security Awareness Month. This is a great opportunity to remind individuals and organizations of the steps and actions required to help make the internet a safer and more secure place.

As cloud apps continue to become more pervasive in both our personal and professional lives, and with 974 publicly disclosed data breaches affecting 554 million data records in just the first 6 months of this year, the month of October probably isn’t enough. It’s a start, but even better,  let’s take time every month to mark security awareness.

There are a variety of actions -- simple and complex -- that we can all take on a daily basis to help ensure that we are protecting individual employees, customers, partners and businesses. With that in mind, we are launching a series of blog posts during this nationally-recognized, grand month of security awareness to provide some additional thoughts and recommendations on how to bolster security.

This series will include:

  • A security hygiene checklist. When was the last time you made sure you had strong passwords (or better yet a passphrase) for all of your accounts, and haven’t duplicated passwords across multiple applications? Have you enabled multi-factor authentication on all accounts and checked the ever-changing list of which apps now support it? This checklist will provide a basic set of guidelines and suggestions to create good security hygiene for your employees and business.
  • Passwords. We will explore ways to protect your access to applications, reset passwords, and leverage password alternatives.
  • What to do after a data breach. While focusing on avoiding data breaches and security incidents in the first place, unfortunately they still happen. What processes should be in place in case these situations happen?
  • How to maximize the solutions that you already have. Usually there is a blend of solutions and tools in place. These are continuously updated by vendors with new features and capabilities that are potential opportunities to materially improve the security program by taking greater advantage of what you have in place already.

We hope that you find this series helpful as you take our challenge to implement National Cyber Security Awareness Month every month. Are there any other topics that you’d find interesting? Comment below.