October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) which is an annual campaign to raise awareness about the importance of cyber security. This year marks the 15th annual NCSAM, co-founded and co-led by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA).
It may not surprise you that security breaches hurt small businesses the most, but did you know that more than 70 percent of cyber-attacks target small businesses? The logical reason to that is small businesses are less inclined to have the proper security measures in place to prevent such attacks. It’s estimated around 60% of hacked small businesses go out of business after 6 months. Yikes!
The National Cyber Security Awareness Month event is an online event consisting of 4 different themes to help raise awareness in the field of security to minimize threats to your home and business. Below are links you’ll find for each theme:
- Week 1: Oct. 1–5: Make Your Home a Haven for Online Safety
- Week 2: Oct. 8–12: Millions of Rewarding Jobs: Educating for a Career in Cybersecurity
- Week 3: Oct. 15–19: It’s Everyone’s Job to Ensure Online Safety at Work
- Week 4: Oct. 22–26: Safeguarding the Nation’s Critical Infrastructure
While each theme provides a robust individual statement about the current state of cyber, it is when taken in its entirety that the real value of the National Cyber Security Awareness Month takes hold. The overarching theme of shared responsibility when it comes to cybersecurity is the core of the message NCSAM is trying to convey at this year’s conference.
Are you interested in taking the next step in securing your network?
Our CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional) will perform a comprehensive audit of your network and provide a vulnerability evaluation to see what’s necessary to secure things up. From there, we’ll go over the audit in order to have a discussion and lay out the best practices and procedures to keep your data safe.
To get the ball rolling, give us a call at (508) 453-4700.
Thank you and be safe!