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Halfway Point for National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

We have reached the halfway point of October, which means National Cybersecurity Awareness Month is halfway done. What have you learned so far about the security posture of your organization? It is probably a safe bet that as solid as that posture may be, there’s always room for improvement, and NCSAM is a great time to perform an internal audit to make sure everything in your organization is appropriately protected.

Last week, the CISA and NCSA focused on connectivity with the theme, “If You Connect It, Protect It.” No matter how secure you think your Internet-connected devices may be, there is always room for improvement.

Consider the numbers involved — there are approximately 4.8 billion Internet users, which represents over 62 percent of the world’s population. As that figure grows, the need to protect your internet-connected devices from cybercriminals will grow, as well.

This week’s theme is “Securing Devices at Home and Work, which focuses on individuals and organizations taking steps to secure Internet-connected devices for personal and professional use. Consider all the disruptions 2020 has thrown at the ways we work, learn, and socialize — many of our activities have been driven to an online environment. Now that homes, schools, and businesses are more connected – and intertwined – than ever, it is vital to protect these assets from cybercriminals.

The FBI has joined in on the Cybersecurity Awareness Month action, as well. The agency has offered their own themes for each week of October to help spread the word about the most pressing threats and scams facing businesses, organizations, and individuals.

In Week 1, the FBI focused on cybercriminal threats and the agency’s approach. The FBI’s website features links to information about spoofing and phishing, business email compromise, and ransomware.

This week, the FBI turned its attention to online scams related to COVID-19 and the how the agency has responded so far. The agency warns of a rise in business email compromise and other fraud schemes related to the pandemic and gives tips on how to avoid becoming a victim.

As much as this advice will help your organization protect itself against cybercrime, nothing beats partnering with an IT consultant who specializes in security solutions. If you need further help or have questions on anything you read, give us a call today. 2W Tech is a technology service provider specializing in solutions for the manufacturing industry.  National Cybersecurity Awareness Month is a good reminder to make sure that your organization is protected in all areas of security.

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