Since 2004, the month of October has been declared as Cybersecurity Awareness month to help educate and encourage individuals and organizations to stay cybersecure. It promotes important information to help prevent a loss of data, ways to enhance security programs, prevent phishing scams and more.
Cybersecurity is important, now more than ever, to combat these threats. Every day, hackers are searching the web to find individuals and organizations that have missing security patches. If you think that you are just one individual surfing the web at home, a student completing their schoolwork, or maybe a small business that won’t be impacted, think again! Cyber threats are across the web, and they could impact you – no matter the size. For this year’s Cybersecurity Awareness month, it’s important to take the basic steps to protect yourselves, large or small, from cyber attacks.
Let’s take a deep dive into Cybersecurity and learn why you should See Yourself in Cyber.
As the internet continues to evolve, so too does cybercrime. Norton Internet Security estimates that there are more than 2,200 cyberattacks per day, which roughly translates to one cyber-attack every 39 seconds. Some of the most common tactics of hackers are:
These attacks may make you think of the technical components to cybersecurity, but in fact, 82% of data breaches in 2021 had a human element to them according to Verizon’s Data Breach Investigations Report. This is why it is so important to educate your staff on your corporate security program and how to react appropriately. But again, cyber attacks don’t only happen to companies. If you’re working from home and someone gets ahold of your Wi-Fi info, or even if you’re just using a personal device at a Starbucks, you can be attacked.
These scams can steal your account numbers, social security numbers, banking transactions, and even Electronic Health Records (EHR) for companies in the Healthcare Industry. Even worse, they can lock you out of your system through a ransomware attack, encrypting your files on a device and making them unusable.
If you do not have your data backed up in the Cloud or in an off-site facility, you don’t have much to negotiate with. Usually, once these files have been breached and if you don’t have your data, attackers demand that you pay a ransom. Some may even take it as far as to sell your information to the dark web if you don’t.
With Cyber threats looming, how can you reduce the chances of falling for scams? Start with learning the signs! Let’s take a look at the basics so you can keep yourself cyber safe.
Now that you know the basics of Cybersecurity, join in this October and celebrate Cybersecurity Awareness month by doing just that – spreading awareness! It’s important to do what you can to help by educating and encouraging individuals and organizations to stay cybersecure.
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