Each and every one of us is responsible for ensuring our digital lives remain private and secure—at home and in the workplace. That’s what National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM), held every October, is all about.
NCSAM is a collaborative effort between The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) and is intended to bring awareness to the role that every individual plays in staying safe and secure online while boosting our nation’s security posture against cyber threats.
This year, the overarching theme of NCSAM is “OWN IT. SECURE IT. PROTECT IT.” which stresses the importance of taking proactive steps to boost cybersecurity at home and in the workplace. At Virtru, we talk a lot about the impact of cybersecurity on an organization but the reality is that cybersecurity impacts your personal life too. So, no matter your industry, job title, or familiarity with cybersecurity concepts, understanding these three key pillars of NCASM will set you on the right path towards a more secure digital presence both at home and in the workplace.
As we discussed recently, the sheer number of connected devices is rapidly growing and Gartner predicts over 20 billion IoT units to be installed by 2020. Connected devices open up a world of opportunity. That said, it is critical for individuals to “own” the connected devices they use in order to ensure the digital privacy and security of the information these devices create, process and store. This means understanding the devices and applications you use every day, and the risks associated, then taking steps to secure and protect them.
Bad actors are very good at getting personal information from unsuspecting victims. As technology evolves, their attacks are also getting more sophisticated. By applying additional layers of security to your online accounts, you can take back control of your personal information. Inboxes are a treasure trove for cybercriminals, but there are simple steps you can take today for better Gmail security.
Any device that connects to the internet is vulnerable to risks and every action you take online has a digital trail that can be exploited by bad actors. In order to protect your digital profile at home and in the workplace, be sure to routinely perform “digital hygiene” and check your privacy settings and permissions.
Cybersecurity is everyone’s job. By taking proactive steps to enhance digital privacy and security, we can all help stop cyber threats. Perform a security checkup today and follow along with us on Twitter as we share additional tips throughout the month.
For additional information and resources, visit Stay Safe Online and learn how you can get involved in NCSAM.
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