Throughout October and always we are committed to Cybersecurity Awareness. More than ever before, technology plays a part in almost everything we do. Our connected devices have been woven into society as an integral part of how people communicate and access services essential to their everyday life. Despite all the great advances in technology, recent events have shown us how quickly our lives and businesses can be disrupted when cyber criminals and adversaries use technology to do harm.
Cybersecurity Awareness Month aims to shed light on these security vulnerabilities, while offering actionable guidance surrounding behaviors anyone can take to protect themselves and their organizations. Everyone has a responsibility to do their part in securing our interconnected world.
This year, the Cybersecurity Awareness Month’s main focus areas will revolve around:
- Understanding and implementing basic cyber hygiene, including the importance of strong passwords or phrases, using multi-factor authentication, performing software updates and backing up data.
- Recognizing and reporting phishing attempts whether it’s via your email, text messages, or chat boxes.
- Making cybersecurity a priority in business by making products and processes “secure by design” and considering cybersecurity when purchasing new internet-connected devices.
If everyone does their part – implementing stronger security practices, raising community awareness, educating vulnerable audiences, or training employees – our interconnected world will be safer and more resilient for everyone.
I encourage everyone to take part in this year’s initiatives and embrace the necessary measures to stay safe and secure in an increasingly connected world. For more information about Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2021 and how to participate in a wide variety of activities, visit staysafeonline.org/cybersecurity-awareness-month/. You can also follow and use the official hashtag #BeCyberSmart on social media throughout the month.