As long as human beings have roamed the earth, the need for security has existed. When civilizations evolved, so did the need for more sophisticated security. Security technology has advanced from structurally sound walls and doors to mechanical and electronic locks, followed by complex monitoring systems and biometric technology. Thanks to the internet, digital networks and unlimited software development possibilities, there is a whole new domain called cyber space that must be secured.
Remember all the experts saying the Internet of Things would bring explosive growth to the world of connected devices? Well, not only were they right, but that explosive growth is happening right now, bringing a host of both innovative devices and potential new security headaches.
How quickly is the world adding devices to the Internet? So quickly that even leading industry observers aren’t totally sure what the number is. In the last year, Cisco estimated 2020 would see 27 billion devices added, while Security Today estimated it would be 31 billion new devices. Either way, that’s almost 1000 new devices each second!
The line between our online and offline lives has become even more indistinguishable this past year. For many of us, our homes are now our offices and, in some cases, our schools. The number of — and time spent on — devices your customers & employees use to “virtually engage” can make thinking about security overwhelming. Each device that’s connected to the internet is a device that, unfortunately, can be compromised so it is important to protect each one individually. In line with the theme of this year’s Cyber Security Awareness Month (CSAM), “If You Connect It, Protect It,” this week we are providing three simple tips for you to share with your customers & employees to help them protect their devices. These are good reminders for all of us – businesses & consumers alike – to own our role in cybersecurity and reduce our individual and collective risk.
Putting People at the Center: Three Ways the Healthcare Industry Can Proactively Prevent Cyberattacks
Cybersecurity in healthcare—like the healthcare industry itself—is all about people, not the doctor’s office. And in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and telemedicine, patients are looking for more control and improved health outcomes, which is driving the industry beyond the four walls of the typical medical setting. In 2020 alone, telehealth is expected to grow a staggering 65 percent. A broader healthcare security strategy must focus on people—the ways they work and the ways protected health information is stored and sent when providing care.
Businesses have been moving towards automation and remote work over the past few years, but digital transformation has been greatly accelerated due to COVID-19. As Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella recently put it, “We have seen two years’ worth of digital transformation in two months.”
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It is critical to focus on the impact of data breaches on SMB's and the importance of securing your employee's data.
These days, work and home mean practically the same thing. Our house is now an office space or a classroom, so that means a lot of our day-to-day happens online. We check emails, attend virtual meetings, help our children distance learn, use social media platforms to check in on our friends and family – our entire lives are digital! This increase in connectivity could mean more exposure to threats – but it doesn’t have to. That’s why this National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) ￼you should learn what it means to ￼to be cybersmart and how you can protect all aspects of your online life.