The Stay Safe Online Blog

Oct 7, 2015 8:46am
The 2015 Cost of Data Breach study estimates that data breaches cost U.S. organizations an average of $6.5 million. Despite this, the 2015 Annual Shred-it Security Tracker Survey shows that information security is still a declining priority among American businesses. Here's what you should know.
Oct 7, 2015 8:21am
With a few security basics and ongoing vigilance, businesses can be aware and defend against cyber attacks. Our guest blogger from the Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council shares a few key tips on protecting against social engineering attacks that should be part of your business' cybersecurity culture.
Oct 6, 2015 9:04am
National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) is a great reminder for us all to check our own online security. Oct. 6, 2015, marks the firstInternational #2FATuesday (#2FactorTuesday). The National Cyber SecurityAlliance (NCSA), the FIDO Alliance, Google, the National Strategy for TrustedIdentities in Cyberspace (NSTIC) and other experts gathered on a Twitter chat to encourage the world to get two steps ahead by turning on 2-factor authentication.
Oct 6, 2015 8:52am
The bring your own device (BYOD) movement opens a proverbial can of worms when it comes to security. So how do agencies reconcile their need for security and their employees' dependency on their personal IP-based devices?
Oct 6, 2015 6:37am
How can defenders cope with this barrage of social engineering opportunities? And how can businesses afford it? Here are three considerations for network defense that can strengthen any enterprise's posture against a breach from social cyber for little to no cost, allowing you to stay social AND safe.
Oct 5, 2015 11:57am
Do your employees access their data and apps at home or on the road? Are you a small business owner who has leveraged free data storage? Do your customers log in to your website to order supplies or services?? And do you use online software services, like HR and payroll? If any of the situations above sound familiar, then in all likelihood you have a cloud-enabled service provider.
Oct 5, 2015 10:50am
Oct. 6 is the first International #2FactorTuesday, an effort led by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) and the FIDO Alliance designed to raise international awareness for two-factor authentication as a means of enhancing the security of online accounts.
Oct 5, 2015 6:59am
Week 2 of National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) 2015 is underway, and this week we're focusing on creating a culture of cybersecurity at work. Cybersecurity must become a priority for every business and industry, and companies need to proactively protect their most vital assets, employees and customers.
Oct 2, 2015 12:23pm
As we launch the second week of National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM), we hope you'll participate by helping promote a safer, more secure and more trusted Internet all month long. We're making it easy to support NCSAM 2015 by providing materials for each week that you can share at home, at work and school and in the community.
Oct 2, 2015 6:44am
Many businesses have intensified their focus on improved technology to strengthen IT security. However, machine-based security is only part of the picture. Here is how security-aware businesses can implement three considerations to better safeguard their information.
Oct 1, 2015 4:33pm
October 1 marks the start of NationalCyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) 2015 and five years of STOP. THINK.CONNECT., the global online safety awareness campaign. We kicked off NCSAM by sharing key online safety concepts to help everyone be #CyberAware and calling on the international community to join the conversation on how we can work together to create a safer, more secure and more trusted Internet for everyone.
Oct 1, 2015 8:14am
October 1 marks the first day of the 12th annual National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM), a collaborative effort among government organizations, businesses of all sizes, educational institutions, nonprofits and consumers to ensure everyone has the resources they need to be safe online.
Sep 30, 2015 2:17pm
The RE: View is a look back at headlines that caught our attention last month and that senior executives and board members should consider when assessing and managing cyber risk.
Sep 29, 2015 9:49am
National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) kicks off this Thursday, Oct. 1, and we hope you'll participate by helping promote a safer, more secure and more trusted Internet all month long. We're making it easy to support NCSAM 2015 by providing materials for each week that you can share at home, at work and school and in the community.
Sep 29, 2015 7:29am
If you’ve used an email provider in the past few years, you may have been asked to provide a phone number to help verify your account. As we start to conduct more and more of our everyday tasks online, like paying bills and shopping, it has become increasingly important for many web providers to verify your identity and prevent others from abusing your account. Your phone number is one of the easiest ways to verify your identity with an online service provider.
Sep 25, 2015 7:20am
There's no excuse for not taking web security seriously, especially during National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM), which officially kicks off on October 1. If you and your online business are ready to take the next step in cybersecurity, check out these five website security recommendations for any company.
Sep 22, 2015 8:10am
Are we doing all we should to educate ourselves and our children about how to be safe online? The best step in the right direction is to mark your calendar for every day in October and get ready to participate in National Cyber Security Awareness Month.
Sep 17, 2015 12:20pm
National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) 2015 is only two weeks away, and consumers, businesses, educational institutions, nonprofits and government organizations can all play a role in promoting a safer, more secure and more trusted Internet. In this #ChatSTC Twitter chat, we’ll discuss what #CyberAware Month is all about, what's coming up this October and how you can learn more and get involved.
Sep 16, 2015 6:38am
There are only two weeks until the 12th annual NCSAM, and NCSA and our partners around the world are gearing up for a large-scale effort to grow digital citizens' awareness of the steps they can take to protect themselves and others online.
Sep 9, 2015 1:48pm
As school goes back in session at colleges and universities around the country, if you are like most students you are thinking about new supplies and technology, class schedules, professors and friends. Something you should also consider adding to this list is privacy. Privacy isn't only about keeping things secret; it's about putting your best foot forward, only sharing information you want to share and owning your online presence. This #ChatDPD discussed t the many ways in which college students can manage their privacy as they embark on a new year.

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