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. Intrusions into business and infrastructure networks pose economic and national security threats, and all businesses face various cybersecurity challenges, like being targeted by cybercriminals, having intellectual property stolen or being attacked. Cybersecurity must become a priority for every business and industry, and companies need to proactively protect their most vital assets, employees and customers. If a cybersecurity incident occurs, your business needs to be prepared to readily respond, recover and collaborate with law enforcement by sharing threat information and aiding investigations.
Cybersecurity is a shared responsibility, and in addition to business leaders, employees need to do their part to promote a safer, more secure and more trusted Internet – especially as the traditional workplace changes with a mobile workforce, telecommuting and the blurring of lines between work and personal devices.
This year we are focusing on encouraging business to adopt a way of thinking to organizing their cybersecurity efforts. Based on the NIST Cybersecurity Framework, we hope every business will start its efforts by doing the following:
- Identify: key assets to be protected (customer data, employee data, intellectual property, etc.)
- Protect: Make sure that there are measures in place to protect those key assets
- Detect: have systems in place so it will become quickly known if an incident occurs
- Respond: Have a plan in place to act swiftly if an incident occurs to mitigate the impact
- Recover: Have a plan in place to keep business operating
No matter your role in an organization, you can take steps to help secure its employees, customers and intellectual property. Check out the infographic we created to help you keep your business safe online this October and year round here.
We have a bunch of exciting things coming up this week, and we hope you’ll participate! Join us and the FIDO Alliance at the Google DC office for an International #2FactorTuesday event, designed to raise international awareness of 2FA as a means of securing online accounts, and encourage adoption. You watch the livestream on our YouTube channel. Before the event, we’ll host a #ChatSTC Twitter chat at 11 a.m. EDT/8 a.m. PDT on two-factor authentication and how you can add layers of security to your online accounts.
We’re hosting a webinar at 2 p.m. EDT/11 a.m. PDT this Thursday, Oct. 8, with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Council of Better Business Bureaus (BBB) and the Federal Trade Commission to discuss how you can create a culture of cybersecurity at work. Join the discussion to learn about what you can do and the resources available to you and your business.
Finally, join our #ChatSTC Twitter chat Thursday, Oct. 8, at 3 p.m. EDT/noon PDT to learn how you can create a culture of cybersecurity at any organization.
We hope that you will join us in promoting a safer, more secure and more trusted Internet and working to keep businesses and consumers safe online.