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October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month Blog Feature
Courtney Casey

By: Courtney Casey on October 2nd, 2019

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October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month

Cyber Security

Think back to what your life was like 16 years ago. The year was 2003. Were you thinking about cyber security back then? Probably not, but that was when National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) was started through a collaboration between the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA). In 2019 cyber security is more important than ever and this year’s awareness theme focuses on personal accountability.

Cyber Security is a Human Issue, Not Just a Technical Issue

Whether you’re active online for your personal or professional life, your behavior can help maintain security or totally bypass it. The majority of cyber attacks happen as a result of human behavior or error. If you haven’t already started training employees to recognize and respond to possible cyber attacks, then the time to do that is right now.

According to the 2018 Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report, phishing and social engineering account for 93% of data breaches. The use of psychology and manipulation to exploit people isn’t anything new. The bottom line is that your technical defenses aren’t going to do any good, if an employee opens the door and lets a hacker walk right in.

Learn More About Cyber Security to Better Manage Risk

Lack of knowledge about correct cyber security practices - technical or otherwise - puts your business at increased risk for an attack but you can take steps TODAY to better manage the increasing risk of cyber attack. Here are the three main themes for National Cyber Security Awareness Month and a few Accent resources that you can use to improve your cyber defenses.

OWN IT.

The way you use your devices and applications in your work and personal life directly affect your exposure to cyber risks. Pay attention to privacy settings and consider how anything you connect to the internet is a potential entryway for a hacker. Be careful about what you post online. What might seem innocent to you could give a social engineer what they need to get you to let down your guard.

Accent Cyber Security Resources:

EBOOK: Executive Guide to Cyber Security: Essential Information for Managing Business Risk

WEBINAR: How to Close Your Biggest Cyber Security Hole: Learn How Cyber Criminals Use Your Weakest Link to Break Through Your Security

BLOG: The Dumb Thing About Smart Devices

SECURE IT.

The best cyber defense is made of layers of technical tools and best practices, policies and procedures, and safe behavior. Consider if there are security features that you aren’t utilizing or policies about access to information that need to be enforced. For example, even the best policies on password management aren’t going to do any good if no one follows them.

Accent Cyber Security Resources:

WEBINAR: How to Keep the Crown Jewels and the Keys to the Castle Safe from Cyber Predators in 2019

WEBINAR: The Internet of Things: The Good, the Bad and the Downright Scary Stuff You Should Know

BLOG: Behavior-Based Training Essential for Email Security

PROTECT IT.

In the NCSAM materials, this theme pertains to your digital profile and how every click and post creates a digital trail that could potentially lead to exploitation. In your business, think about how you’re giving people access to your data and systems. Do you know if customers and vendors have access to your network? Are you able to detect cyber intruders if they DO gain access? It can take six months to detect an intrusion into your network. What damage could hackers being doing while you don’t know they’re there?

Accent Cyber Security Resources:

WEBINAR: Executives: Beware of These 7 Cyber Security Blind Spots

BLOG: Island Hopping: A Small Business Cyber Security Risk

BLOG: AI vs. AI in the Small Business Cyber Security Fight

Are You SURE You're Secure?

If you're not sure that you're secure, you should not delay in getting an assessment that will reveal gaps and give you actionable recommendations that will help you manage your overall business risk, through improved management of cyber risk.

If your business is headquartered in Southern California, contact us at 800-481-4369 to schedule a cyber security assessment.

 

About Courtney Casey

In an industry dominated by men, Courtney Casey, Director of Marketing for Accent Computer Solutions, Inc., is making her mark on the world of information technology. Courtney has been immersed in the IT field most of her life and has been molded into the tech savvy expert she is today. She began working for Accent while earning her Bachelor's degree from California State University, Long Beach. Known in the Inland Empire as the "Tech Girl," Courtney is a regular columnist for the region's newspaper of record, The Press-Enterprise. Her columns address topical news trends, new technology products, and offer advice on how to embrace technology or avoid common IT pitfalls.