Cybersecurity Awareness Month

October is Cyber Security Awareness Month – #BeCyberSmart

Source: Microsoft Security Blog

October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month, and this year’s theme is: Do your part. #BeCyberSmart. With more workers using personal and corporate devices interchangeably, it’s more important than ever to be cyber aware. As new vulnerabilities arise, security for all becomes even more integral to organizational success.

Security for all begins with education

Employees are still falling prey to phishing scams at alarmingly high rates. According to the 2020 Gone Phishing Report produced in partnership with Terranova, it’s not just smaller, under-resourced organizations that are at risk. Large, well-equipped organizations have proven to be even more vulnerable. That’s why Microsoft Security is providing educational content to help organizations #BeCyberSmart and learn how to keep safe both at work and at home. 

Making it a safer world together

In a world of remote and hybrid work, anything less than comprehensive security will leave an organization vulnerable. Comprehensive security goes beyond technology to include education—keeping people updated about the latest threats and teaching them how to safeguard their identities, data, devices, and home networks. 

Be cyber smart

Being cyber smart starts with the basics: strong passwords, multifactor authentication, backing up data, and updating your software regularly with all available patches. Microsoft Security provides some great resources on its site that show you how you can keep your accounts secure, protect yourself from threats, and go passwordless.

Fight the phish!

Learn how to recognize messages or chats that come from a stranger or someone not in your normal work circles (like C-suite executives and purchasing orders). 

Cybersecurity first

This means making cybersecurity training part of employee onboarding and equipping staff with the tools they need to stay safe. For individuals, it means keeping cybersecurity top-of-mind every time you connect, whether from home or at work. Always consider your security and privacy settings; wherever possible, move to passwordless sign-on. 

Your security resource, year-round

Microsoft is helping people have a safer online experience by making the 2021 Microsoft Digital Defense Reportone of the most highly downloaded reports Microsoft Security has created—freely available to all. To access training, certifications, and other resources that you can share with your organization, visit the Microsoft Security Cybersecurity Awareness education page.

Stay tuned for more cybersecurity tips in future blog posts by our TrinSoft IT experts. In the meantime, if you have cybersecurity concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.

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