In many fields, including cybersecurity, common wisdom does not always translate into common practice. The majority of the data breaches that have occurred in recent years are not the result of the failure of some cutting-edge artificial intelligence firewall or of the discovery of a critical zero-day exploit. In most cases, a data breach is brought on by either a deliberate act or a simple error that was made without intent. Someone fell for a phishing scam by clicking on a link in an email or perhaps inserted a thumb drive they found into a corporate computer.
Since 2004, as a means to combat these often-innocent oversights, the President of the United States along with Congress has decreed October to be Cybersecurity Awareness Month. This was done in an effort to assist individuals in protecting themselves online as dangers to technology and sensitive data become more widespread. The National Cybersecurity Alliance (NCA) and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) are leading a joint effort between the government and industry to promote awareness of cybersecurity issues on a national and worldwide scale.
This post will provide you with a foundational understanding of some of the most common threats confronting organizations today by reviewing CYREBRO’s top awareness-related blog posts. In this article, we’ll go over some of the more common methods that bad actors employ as well as some strategies you may use to keep your business safe.
Feeling confident in your cybersecurity awareness is important in todays highly digital environment. Our goal is to give you confidence of cybersecurity common sense, which is unfortunately not that common.
#1 Common Entry Points – Five Part Series
While keeping up with all the latest cybersecurity trends and alerts may seem like an insurmountable task, CYREBRO is here to assist by organizing the chaos. In a recent five-part blog series, we discussed the significance of maintaining 24×7 security within your firm, beginning with the construction of a zero-trust environment.
- Common Entry Points #1 – ITaaS Part 1 and Part 2
- Common Entry Points #2 – VPN
- Common Entry Points # 3 – Unpatched and Obsolete OSs
- Common Entry Points # 4 – RDSH
- Common Entry Points # 5 – External Vendors
Each article explains why and how you need to adopt technical safeguards and best practices to properly segment your environment, as well as the sometimes-overlooked physical layer. A piece of reading material that comes highly recommended if you are interested in building a zero-trust environment or are just getting started on redesigning your cybersecurity posture.
#2 Beware of the Holidays
In this blog post you’ll learn how scammers use forthcoming holidays to trick unsuspecting victims. There are a number of factors that make businesses more susceptible during the holidays. The two most notable are that they often have fewer people on hand to respond to incidents, and people tend to relax their guard during these times.
This article brings to mind some famous attacks that occurred on holidays, such as the Mother’s Day Colonial Pipeline incident and the July 4th Kaseya attack. Bringing attention to these incidents serves as a constant reminder to be cautious and take precautions at all times. At the outset of this blog post, you’ll find some helpful advice for shielding your business and staff from similar cyberattacks. You’ll also gain insight into how to protect your organization all year round, including when it’s most vulnerable.
#3 Insider Threats Are Worse Than You Thought
Most businesses, when considering cybersecurity, concentrate on protecting themselves from threats from the outside. Cyber awareness, however, necessitates knowledge of both internal and external dangers. This article provides a comprehensive overview of insider threats, discussing the different types of insider threats, current developments, and the potential consequences of an insider attack. If you read this piece carefully, you should be able to see why it’s crucial to defend against cyber threats from all angles rather than just those coming from the outside.
#4 What Every Business Needs to Know About Social Engineering, Phishing, and Passwords
Social engineering is a widespread practice that, when successful, can cause significant harm. Furthermore, a large number of organizations do not have adequate expertise and tools, making them an easy target for cybercriminals who use this mechanism for their attacks. As a result, these firms are a prime target.
This post focuses on social engineering and how to better protect your organization and your employees from the most prevalent attack, phishing. In addition, this helps explain the importance of using strong passwords and multifactor authentication to ensure optimal protection from malicious forces.
Knowledge is Power
Since October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month, now is the time to take measures to protect your organization. Each featured post from CYREBRO’s blog will teach you something useful for ensuring your company remains secure.
Protecting your users at their most vulnerable times, securing all corporate endpoints, keeping an eye out for risks from within and externally, and last but not least, fortifying your company against phishing assaults, the most common threat that businesses face today.
After reading these posts, you’ll be better equipped with the common sense that most people assume they have. Here at CYREBRO, we’re happy to lend a hand in your quest for information and guide you along your path toward greater cybersecurity awareness.