10.12.2020-If You Connect It, Protect It

Cybersecurity Awareness Month
Caren Shiozaki | October 12, 2020

October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month, and the theme for Week-1 is:

 

The emphasis is on the potential vulnerability of all internet-connected devices.

 

There are currently an estimated 4.8 billion Internet users — over 62% of the world's population! This number will only grow, making the need to “Protect It” more important than ever.

 

Now one would think that today, a majority of the population are more cyber savvy, But 17 years after the advent of Cybersecurity Awareness Month, sad to say this isn’t the case.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2020/10/01/cybersecurity-202-americans-are-insecure-ever-17th-annual-cybersecurity-awareness-month/

The threat vectors have increased significantly in the time of COVID-19, because so many more people are working from home, and doing home schooling. So is it any wonder that the number of ransomware incidents are climbing.

https://www.zdnet.com/article/ransomware-huge-rise-in-attacks-this-year-as-cyber-criminals-hunt-bigger-pay-days/

 

Yes, and on top of that…

The U.S. government's threat of legal consequences for making ransomware payments to sanctioned criminals will make third parties that facilitate such deals — including financial institutions, insurance companies and digital forensics firms — wary of approving future payoffs.  Something to factor into your ransomware response plans.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-treasury-cyber-idUSKBN26M77U
 

And finally, we’re providing a tip sheet from the National Cybersecurity alliance on how to secure your internet connected home.  This is  good information for our non-tech friends and family, and a good reminder for those of us in the profession. 

 

If you support any non-profit organizations in your community – this information (with your assistance) will be particularly helpful.  Non-profit organizations have also had to switch quickly to working from home.  Many of these organizations are probably not that cyber-knowledgeable, and right now are quite pre-occupied with keeping their revenue streams up and their causes alive in the midst of this pandemic.  This is a good giveback opportunity of your time and talent!


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