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October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month Blog Feature
Courtney Casey

By: Courtney Casey on October 15th, 2020

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October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month

Cyber Security

When you buy a new device and connect it to the internet, do you think about security?

If you’re like most people, your answer is “no” and that’s the reason why this year’s focus for National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) is all about the security of connected devices.

The objective of this annual campaign, started in 2003 through a collaboration between the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), is to increase attention on individual responsibility for security when using the internet, and the theme for 2020 is “Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart.”

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 2020 Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report, social engineering attacks (including phishing) are linked to nearly 22% of all data breaches. In addition, most of these attacks happen via email (96%).

Using 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 accidentally opens the door and lets a cyber criminal walk right in.

If You Connect It, Protect It

Speaking of open doors, think about all the devices that you have connected to your home and work networks that you didn’t have 10 or even five years ago.

Everything – from your phone, laptop and tablet to your thermostat, electronic games and hearing aids – are endpoints that create potential entry points for a hacker if they aren’t locked down with passwords and good IT management.

With so many people working remotely, the need to use VPN and other secure file sharing and collaboration platforms has done a lot to raise awareness that the way that you connect makes a big difference in security.

Still, we have a long way to go to before vigilance about security is common practice for everyone who uses the internet.

Learn More About Cyber Security and Endpoint Protection

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 a cyber attack.

Below are some resources from our website to help you learn why every device connected to your network is an endpoint that needs to be protected, and what you can do to improve overall security at your organization.

Questions and Answers from the Accent Cyber Security Library of Resources

Does every device have built-in security?
[BLOG] The Dumb Thing About Smart Devices

How are hackers using unprotected endpoints to get to their targets?
[BLOG] Island Hopping: A Small Business Cyber Security Risk

What can we do to optimize the security and productivity of our remote workforce?
[EBOOK] Enabling Remote Workers with Technology

What can we do right now to make network connections more secure?
[BLOG] Top 5 Places Businesses Should Use Multi-Factor Authentication

How can I find out if we have gaps in our cyber security capability?
[WEBINAR] Uncover the Chinks in Your Cyber Security Armor

What can we do to train and enforce secure behavior?
[BLOG] Acceptable Use Policy: What Is It, What’s Included and Why Is It Important for Businesses?

How can I prevent my employees from falling for phishing scams?
[BLOG] The Best Way to Stop Employees from Clicking on Phishing Scams [Case Study]

Where can we find an IT company with advanced cyber security expertise?
[BLOG] Accent Named to MSSP Alert’s Top 250 MSSPs List

Are You SURE You're Secure?

If you're not sure if everything that’s connected to your network is secure, get a cyber security assessment to reveal gaps. Get 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.