October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month!

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October is here, and while leaves may start falling soon – cyber threats are increasing! In recognition of Cybersecurity Awareness Month, we’re taking this opportunity to remind you that safeguarding our digital world is a collective effort.

In an era where our lives are increasingly intertwined with technology, cybersecurity is not a luxury; it’s a necessity. From protecting your personal information to keeping your organization’s data secure, everyone plays a crucial role in maintaining a resilient digital environment.

Want to stay protected both personally and in your business?  Implement these Cybersecurity Awareness Month recommendations!

  1. Stay Informed: Knowledge is power. Keep yourself informed about the latest cyber threats and best practices. Read up on the latest recommendations from CISA.
  2. Phishing Awareness: Be vigilant against phishing emails and messages. If something seems suspicious, don’t click! Use the SLAM method to quickly identify suspicious emails.
  3. Password Hygiene: Ensure your passwords are strong, unique, and regularly updated. Consider using a password manager both personally and in your business to help you generate and manage random, strong, unique passwords.
  4. Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA): Enable MFA wherever possible. It provides an additional layer of protection for your accounts.
  5. Secure Your Devices: Keep your devices and software up to date with the latest security patches. Remember to lock your screen when you step away from your computer or implement an automatic lock screen policy for your business.
  6. Backup Your Data: Regularly backup important files and data. In the event of a cyber incident, having a backup can save the day.  Don’t forget to backup your Microsoft 365 data as well.
  7. Report Incidents: If you suspect a security incident, don’t hesitate to report it. Prompt action can prevent further damage.  Check with your Cyber Insurance carrier on Incident Response resources available to you.
  8. Employee Training: End User Security Awareness Training, Phishing Simulations, and Dark Web Monitoring are a critical frontline method of preventing cyber attacks.

Remember, cybersecurity is a team effort. Together, we can build a stronger defense against cyber threats. Let’s make this Cybersecurity Awareness Month a turning point in our commitment to digital security.

Want to learn more about cybersecurity best practices?  Reach out for a complimentary Cybersecurity Discovery call.

Thank you for your dedication to keeping our digital world safe and secure.

Stay cyber-aware and cyber-secure!