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Did you know October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month?

According to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, “Held every October, National Cybersecurity Awareness Month is a collaborative effort between government and industry to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity and to ensure that all Americans have the resources they need to be safer and more secure online.”

This year, Cybersecurity Awareness Month focuses on personal accountability and proactive cybersecurity. As a cybersecurity provider, we’d like to share some of our frequently asked questions.

What Is Cybersecurity?

Cybersecurity is a broad term that includes securing data and the technology systems that are responsible for moving, storing, and authenticating data.

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What Are the Pieces of a “Cybersecurity Solution”?

High Touch recommends a multilayered approach to cybersecurity, which includes:

  • Firewalls. Prevent incoming security threats with automatic remediation, sandboxing, anti-virus, intrusion prevention, content filtering, and advanced threat detection.
  • Endpoint protection. Protect local endpoints, such as workstations and servers, with various types of anti-virus solutions, including definition-based and behavioral-based security. Additional endpoint solutions include drive encryption and device management.
  • Email security. Automatically scan email for spam, unlawful interception, phishing, malicious attachments. Encrypt outbound emails containing sensitive data.
  • User education. Teach users about safe IT practices, such as internet, email, and peripheral device usage; password management; and data control.
  • Image and file backup. Keep on-premise and off-site company data stored, up to date, and protected.

How Concerned Should the Average Person Be About the Security of Their Data?

Data is valuable. Depending on the source, some experts have argued that data is even more valuable than oil.

In general, more people need to be mindful of the price tag that’s on their data. The average person also needs to be aware of how much information they expose through their daily digital interactions, such as usernames, passwords, bank account numbers, addresses, and personal reference information.

What’s One of the Biggest Cybersecurity Challenges Businesses Face?

One of the biggest challenges High Touch faces is navigating the unawareness of general cybersecurity best practices. Through providing cybersecurity services, we’ve noticed that many cyberattacks are initiated after a hacker finds a way to steal an employee’s username and password.

Once a hacker has access to a system, they can sit back and wait until they have a perfect, lucrative opportunity to execute an attack. With proper cybersecurity education and best practices in place, businesses can help protect themselves from commonly executed cyberattacks.

What’s the Most Concerning Cyberthreat Out There Right Now?

Ransomware is always one of our biggest concerns. Recently, we’ve also been concerned with monitoring and preventing lateral phishing takeover attacks.

Through these types of cyberattacks, hackers gain access to an employee’s email account. Then, they set up rules to extract valuable data and information. Once hackers find a piece of information they can exploit, they use it to create a genuine-looking email to everyone in the employee’s address book.

With advanced technologies and machine learning, hackers can make phishing emails look frighteningly legitimate. As other employees open and interact with the email, hackers gain access to more data and information until the entire organization is affected.

How Can We Build a Safer Cyberworld?

Everyone should be educated on the basics of cybersecurity. Business should effectively secure the data they have been trusted with, and users, internal and external, should make educated decisions when interacting with technology.

Are Organizations Doing Enough to Collaborate on Cyberthreats?

The short answer is, probably not. Cybersecurity requires constant collaboration. We need to create more awareness and education for how hackers initiate cyberattacks and how quickly cyberthreats can evolve.

How Can I Contact High Touch for Cybersecurity Services?

High Touch offers custom cybersecurity solutions and consulting services. Contact us to learn more about how High Touch can help keep your business safe.

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