Since 2004, National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) has represented a collaborative effort between government, nonprofit and industry to ensure that all Americans have the information they need to stay safer and more secure online. Co-led by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) and U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), NCSAM has grown exponentially – reaching consumers and organizations nationwide and encouraging all internet users to be #CyberAware.
As a returning National Cyber Security Month Champion Organization, we’re excited to be able to help spread the word for this week’s theme: “It’s Everyone’s Job to Ensure Online Safety at Work” by shedding light on how small and medium-sized businesses continue to be a target for cybercriminals and providing information, tips and resources to help small business protect themselves, their employees and their customers against the most prevalent threats.
#CyberAware tips for Employers and Their Teams
Identify Your Businesses’ “Crown Jewels” These are the assets and systems that are critical to your business. Visit https://staysafeonline.org/cybersecure-business/identify/ to learn how to identify your mission critical information
Protect Your Businesses’ Assets Put appropriate policies and systems in place to keep your digital assets secure. For example, an Acceptable Use Policy that addresses personal devices and internet use. Visit https://staysafeonline.org/cybersecure-business/protect/ To learn more about building cyber defenses around your businesses’ critical assets and systems
Be Able to Detect Cybersecurity Incidents The faster you know about an incident, the quicker you can mitigate the impact. Visit https://staysafeonline.org/cybersecure-business/detect-incidents/ to learn more about responding to cybersecurity incidents
Have a Plan for Responding Planning for a response is critical to reduce risks to your business, customers, employees and reputation. Visit https://staysafeonline.org/cybersecure-business/respond/ to learn more about responding to responding to security incidents and maintaining business in the short term.
Recover Normal Operations Move from the immediate aftermath of a cyber incident to full restoration of normal systems and operations. Visit https://staysafeonline.org/cybersecure-business/recover/ to learn more about the immediate aftermath of a cyber incident and how to build your cybersecurity posture to help prevent future incidents.
Your employees are the first and last line of defense in keeping your organization safe and critical information protected. Be sure to educate ALL staff about their vital role in the security of your business and the value of protecting consumer, employee and other critical information