October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. Sponsored by the National Cyber Security Division (NCSD) within the Department of Homeland Security and the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA, a non-profit organization), National Cyber Security Awareness Month encourages vigilance and protection by all computer users.
Education and awareness are key to protecting ourselves and our businesses. Please read on for important tips.
This article explains the problem: Most companies are still operating reactively instead of proactively when it comes to network security. The key is preparing for an attack, not waiting for one. Three main themes are stressed:
We are relying too much on connectivity structures that have holes. There needs to be a huge shift in the entire way we do business, from our network infrastructure up.
People are losing trust in the integrity of information. We must change the way we look at access to data, and incorporate new management procedures into our incident plans.
Regulatory changes and risk assessment need to be part of an overall security strategy, because traditional controls have been eroded by current technologies.
We haven’t even finished the first quarter of 2017, and already one publication is calling this the worst year ever for hacks and data breaches. A Benzinga article highlighted major security incidents that have been reported so far this year, including McDonald’s Twitter account (although, oddly, the story did not mention the larger Twitter hack) and the Saks Fifth Avenue breach. The problem is that these data breaches all show that we still tend to be reactive rather than proactive when it comes to security incidents.