October is Cyber Security Awareness Month!

Bringing Cyber Security to the forefront.

With ransomware attacks taking place every 14 seconds and cyber crime projected to cost the world $10.5 trillion annually by 2025, cyber security is more important than ever, with every individual needing to take responsibility.

Recognised by many countries around the world, October is Cyber Security Awareness Month, an initiative to promote cyber security to organisations, businesses, the education sector, families and individuals alike.  

Europe recognises ‘European Cyber Security Month’ (ECSM) with its dedicated website: https://cybersecuritymonth.eu/ promoting cybersecurity among EU citizens and organisations, and to providing up-to-date online security information through awareness raising and sharing of good practices. 

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This year’s themes focus on Cyber first aid and Cyber security at home. With the underlying hashtag: #ThinkB4UClick.

Cyber Security is everyone's responsibility

It emphasises the fact that cybersecurity requires involvement from everyone; governments, businesses, and individuals alike. Governments need to offer support, information and implement protective legislation; businesses need to build-in and regularly review their privacy and security measures; while individuals need to take responsibility to secure their own data and to improve their awareness and understanding as much as possible. 

America has acknowledged National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) every October since 2003 with The National Cyber Security Alliance, in partnership with the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), encouraging all users to take responsibility in protecting connected devices and to; “Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart.”

CISA has themed the 4 weeks of October into the following areas:

  • Week of October 4 (Week 1): Be Cyber Smart.
  • Week of October 11 (Week 2): Phight the Phish!
  • Week of October 18 (Week 3): Explore. Experience. Share. – Cybersecurity Career Awareness Week
  • Week of October 25 (Week 4): Cybersecurity First

Find out more at: https://www.cisa.gov/cybersecurity-awareness-month

The three major websites offering advice, information and resources for the US are:

– Homeland security: www.dhs.gov/topic/cybersecurity

– National Cyber Security Alliance: staysafeonline.org

– National Initiative for cyber security careers and studies: niccs.us-cert.gov/

Canada also recognises Cyber Security Awareness Month offering information on their government site: https://www.getcybersafe.gc.ca/en/cyber-security-awareness-month. Their theme of which is ‘Life happens online’.

In the UK, the NCSC (National Cyber Security Centre) provides a wealth of useful advice separated into sections for individuals (increasing cyber security for their home / family), small businesses (SMEs / SMBs) and corporate organisations. Find out more at: www.ncsc.co.uk

The information from all these websites can help you highlight Cyber Security Awareness Month to your employees, colleagues and family, demonstrating the importance of cyber security and the part all individuals need to play within your business and home. Resources include: Posters, illustrations/comic strips showing the good and bad of cyber security, videos for education users about cyber security etc.

Keeping up to date with cyber security

It’s important to realise however that cyber security awareness and activity is not just a once a year event. Awareness and action required of the ongoing security measures that can be put in place to protect people, homes and businesses is constantly needed and is continuously changing.

With our increasing dependence on online apps and platforms, awareness needs to be instinctive; knowing what is happening in the cyber security world, what are the latest risks, what are the latest prevention technologies and the best methods of dealing with an incident.

It’s also crucial to remember that cyber security is not just for the office, it also affects users at home, in both a personal and a professional capacity – even more so with more of us now working from home!

Logically Secure provides a number of cyber security services for businesses including penetration testing, web application testing, site security assessments and vulnerability scanning assessments, as well as its incident response management platform; CyberCPR.

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