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Wednesday, Oct 08, 2014

National Cyber Security Awareness Month – Take The Opportunity to Make Changes for the Future

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Carl Leonard Principal Security Analyst

Security awareness is a year-round responsibility for all of us. However, take the opportunity during National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM), a U.S.-led initiative, to further promote cyber security best practice and awareness within your own organisation here or around the globe.

According to the event organizers, "National Cyber Security Awareness Month is designed to engage and educate public and private sector partners through events and initiatives with the goal of raising awareness about cybersecurity and increasing the resiliency of the nation in the event of a cyber incident." (1)

How often have you thought about holding user education training for your sales staff to encourage them to keep that customer data safe? How often do you have the opportunity to explain the risk of data breaches to your upper management? When did you last review your cyber security posture?

Quite often, we hear that security plays second fiddle to "doing business." Long gone are the days when it was ok for that to be the case. When implemented correctly, security controls and security-led process can be enablers. In today's dynamic, exciting and fast-paced world, effective security can be used to a competitive advantage, as you move quickly, embrace new technologies and new ways of working.

Let's all do our part to embrace Cyber Security Awareness Month and ask those tough questions of our business to make critical security advancements now and well into the future.

For our part in National Cyber Security Awareness Month, we have a digest of cyber security research available on our Websense Security Labs' team blog.

For commentary of how security affects your business, read our Websense Insights blog.

How to find out more:

The U.S. DHS has a recommended list of activities to support Cyber Security Awareness. How many of those are being completed by your business?

The official twitter hashtag for related material is #NCSAM.

You can follow related posts here: https://twitter.com/hashtag/ncsam?f=realtime

 

 

References:

(1)  http://www.dhs.gov/national-cyber-security-awareness-month-2014

The National Cyber Security Awareness Month is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in cooperation with the National Cyber Security Alliance (the team behind http://staysafeonline.org/) and the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center.

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About the Author

Carl Leonard

Principal Security Analyst

Carl Leonard is a Principal Security Analyst within Forcepoint X-Labs. He is responsible for enhancing threat protection and threat monitoring technologies at Forcepoint, in collaboration with the company’s global Labs teams. Focusing on protecting companies against the latest cyberattacks that...