October – National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Cyber SecurityOctober is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (#NCSAM) and the perfect time to review your network, policies and further educating your staff on what a phishing email looks like and fresh certain ground rules for suspicious emails & website links.

2018 has been a massive year so far in the world of cybersecurity. The month of October is a dedicated month where we highlight some important points to keep your personal and business credentials safe.

Here are a few steps to consider when reviewing your business cybersecurity policy:

1. Identify the cybersecurity risks to the business

  • Know where data and technology are stored and who has access to both.

2. Protect your business, employees by training them to guard against cyber threats

  • Implement a cybersecurity plan for your business
  • Ensure strong passphrases and authentication
  • Ensure secure backups are done regularly
  • Grant access to employees to drives that they need to perform their job only
  • Ensure employees know how to spot a suspicious email or link.

3. Detect key threats, that reduce the business risk

  • Email. Look for unusual requests, attachments and links. Be suspicious.
  • Use cybersecurity products or services that help monitor your networks
  • Be sure to consider physical security as well.
  • Teach employees to know what incidents and attacks need to be reported
  • Consult your IT provider about exploring the option of improving your protection

4. Respond quickly if your business has been victim of a cyber attack

  • Disconnect the affected device from the network and contact your IT provider
  • Utilise spares and secure backups to ensure business continuity
  • Have a manual policy in place, so business can continue to operate
  • Familiarise yourself with your state’s data breach notification law.

5. Recover your business, ensuring it is more Cybersecure for the future

  • Make improvements to policies & procedures.
  • Establish continuing education opportunities for your employees and yourself.
  • Take steps to repair reputation.
  • Communicate with external stakeholders and what the message will be.

We are finding that the line between our online and offline lives is indistinguishable. In these tech-fuelled times, our homes, social well-being, economic prosperity and nation’s security are impacted by the internet.

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Robert Brown
28/09/2018

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