Welcome to Week 3 #CyberAware

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This week’s National Cybersecurity Awareness Month theme is “It’s Everyone’s Job to Ensure Online Safety at Work.”  While you’d think this is obvious, it’s still not.

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Consider these stats:

  • Verizon‘s 2018 Data Breach Report, a highly respected annual report on the state of cybersecurity, notes that 58% of cybercrime is taking place in small and mid-size businesses (SMB’s).
  • The cost of cyber attacks to SMB’s was more than $2,235,000, on average.
  • The Better Business Bureau finds that more than half of small businesses would be unprofitable within a month, if they were to permanently lost access to their critical data.
  • Nine of our ten small business report some basic security in place.  This consists of anti-virus protection, firewalls and employee education.

The first topic for this week is indentifying your digital “crown jewels.”  This remains an annual part of National Cybsecurity Awareness Month as knowing what is important is the first step to protecting it.

Check out the CyberSecure My Business resource page related to “Identify.”

There you will find a wealth of resources to help you identify your most important data and systems.  I encourage you to review all of the resources listed on that page.  I strongly recommend you watch the National Cyber Security Alliance webinar titled “Learn to Identify Key Assets and Data.”

Before you can implement an effective plan to protect your organization, you must take the necessary steps to understand what needs to be protected.  These resources will help you do this efficiently.  Get to it!

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