International Cybersecurity Month

October is International Cybersecurity Month: an opportunity for people, companies, and governments to learn more about Cybersecurity and its prevention and management. CYBERSECURITY Month is a great time to increase awareness of cyber vulnerabilities, promote cybersecurity legislation and policy, and offer resources to defend them against online threats, including education and sharing of best practices. The world is quickly moving towards a digital world in which everything – including our most valuable information – is accessible to anyone with access to the internet. In the past few years, many individuals, businesses, governments, and organizations have fallen victim to cyber crimes including:

Ransomware: A type of malware that prevents users from accessing their systems or files, typically via email. Cybercriminals demand ransom payments in exchange for access to infected files. This includes data, personal information, business information, art work, or any other type of information deemed valuable by the cybercriminals. Emails containing links to the ransom demand often serve as a venue for further cyber attack. Passwords used to access some of these emails contain private data that can be used by the cybercriminals to gain access to a user’s system.

Notification through email: As a result of significant incidents, such as the Target breach, PADDED conducted a research study in September which showed that there has been a spike in the number of spam emails sent out throughout October. Other indicators of potential cyber activity include a marked increase in the number of phishing attacks. Phishing refers to sending fake emails to one’s inbox to trick the user into revealing their password and other sensitive information. Hackers use various techniques to obtain password codes, including social engineering techniques in which they pose as legitimate companies, banks, or other well known organizations. Many victims receive the emails after downloading suspicious emails from commonly known websites.

The importance of passwords: As a result of all this cyber activity, a security company has conducted a research project in October that examines how important it is for users to change their passwords often. Not only is this essential if using the same password for multiple accounts; it is also essential to change the passwords of important files. Many businesses lose valuable data due to compromised passwords. This makes it crucial for businesses to implement strong encryption algorithms for emails, documents, and files.

Time Online Harassment: Cybersecurity Awareness Month is also known as ” Cybersecurity Awareness Month” because it is the time online for cyber criminals to plan their next cyber crime campaign. It is common for cyber criminals to wait for popular holidays and seasons to conduct their illegal activities. This makes it more difficult for businesses to identify and reach out to their clients. It is imperative that businesses take the time to understand how vulnerable their infrastructure is, as well as how they can bolster their defenses by implementing prevention measures.

In order to avoid attacks from cybercriminals, it is critical that business owners understand the value of managing their networks effectively. Businesses must take the time to understand what vulnerabilities exist, and how to mitigate them. Implementing prevention measures can go a long way in limiting the scope of potential cyber threats. With the threat of a comprehensive cyber attack in mind, businesses should also realize that it is in their best interest to partner with other industries to help them detect, prevent, and defend themselves from cyber attacks. With the month of October upon us, now is a great time for businesses to work together to stay one step ahead of cyber criminals.