Ahhh fall. The mild chill in the air and its requisite changing of the leaves are here. The sound of pumpkin spice orders permeate the air at your local Starbucks. Halloween is right around the corner, and soon all the ghosts and goblins will be out to play. That must mean it’s October, which the Department of Homeland Security has dubbed National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. It’s a collaborative effort between government and industry to make ensure every American has the resources they need to stay safer and more secure online. Their overarching theme since 2009?
“Cybersecurity is our shared responsibility and we all must work together to improve our Nation’s cybersecurity.” – DHS official website
National security and questionable use of the word “cybersecurity” to both begin and end a sentence aside, it’s important from time to time to take a look at your computer and digital systems to do an inventory and see where your organization stands. There are a lot of moving parts to developing a cybersecurity program – it doesn’t just mean having firewalls and antivirus software to block malicious elements from the outside. Without policies and procedures supporting those systems, you can still be left open to attack. How about backup systems and a business continuity strategy? Have your users been trained on how to spot digital red flags when they encounter an fraudulent email packing a phishing scam?
We’ve seen a lot here over our time in IT, from hacked email servers to phishing scams holding user files hostage for ransom. We’ve been able to recover for those affected – but being reactive and recovering from these situations is never easy. It’s made that much more difficult when there’s no strategy in place to handle the situation. Your data is your organization’s lifeblood, and keeping it safe in an ever-changing digital landscape is a continuous process. Over 50% of malware victims can be identified as small businesses in the United States, and now is always a good time to make sure you’re not a part of that statistic.
We can help you get there. From a simple network audit and user training to developing a full-scale technology strategy, Near the Sun can support your organization in its defense against digital threats. So don’t be reactive. Be ready.