If you’re not already aware, October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month. According to the US Department of Homeland Security, which has developed and promoted the campaign for over a decade, NCSAM is designed “to raise awareness about cybersecurity [and] provide [the public] with tools and resources needed to stay safe online.”
With that in mind, we’ve scoured the internet for the best articles on cybersecurity—for your business, for your personal devices, and even for your home.
Take a look!
Harvard Business Review: The Biggest Cybersecurity Threats Are Inside Your Company
Key quote: “60% of all attacks were carried out by insiders. Of these attacks, three-quarters involved malicious intent.”
For Business Owners: There’s no reason to worry if you trust your employees. If you don’t, well, sheesh—but don’t worry. The article offers tips on how to protect your assets, and prevent an internal breach.
For IT Professionals: “Identify the most-valuable systems and data [in your company], and then give them the strongest defenses and the most frequent monitoring.”
FastCompany: The Most Critical Skills Gap: Cybersecurity
Key quote: “A Ponemon study of 350 companies in 11 countries found that the average consolidated total cost of a data breach is $3.8 million, a 23% increase since 2013.”
There’s already a huge demand for people with cybersecurity expertise, and as the cost of data breaches continues to rise, the need for experts is only going to grow in the future. Except in this field, employers don’t care about degrees. So what do they want? You guessed it: experience.
For IT Professionals: The industry is lacking cybersecurity experts. The more experience you can get in the field, the more sought after you will be.
GoDaddy: What is domain privacy and why should you care?
Key quote: “You don’t have to use domain privacy. In fact, a number of larger businesses with corporate addresses and already-public information often don’t feel the need. But if you’re a small business owner, a blogger or owner of a personal website, you might feel differently.”
For Business Owners: If you’re working from your home, domain privacy can also be a matter of personal privacy. Think about it, do you really want your personal information put on blast?
Shopify: 5 Ways To Improve Online Security And Protect Customer Data
Key quote: “59 percent [of respondents] admit to reusing passwords because it is too hard to remember them.”
If the above quote doesn’t give you the willies, I don’t know what will. Fortunately, this piece is full of helpful ways to get around those very, very scary quotes.
For IT Professionals: Ensure your team is using tools like password managers and two-step authentication to protect your company accounts and data.
CFO Magazine: Cybersecurity Insurance Becoming a Must-Have
Key quote: “Twenty-four percent of the risk managers surveyed say their companies will each spend more than $1 million on cybersecurity protections.”
It’s not just the business of cybersecurity that’s growing—so is insuring companies against cyber crime, which is now a multibillion dollar a year business. That’s why, according to this article, nearly a quarter of companies surveyed spend more than $1 million a year in cybersecurity costs, including insurance.
For Business Owners & IT Professionals: Make sure your company has the proper insurance policies in place so that you are covered in the event a cybercrime does occur.
CBS News: New survey finds cybersecurity a major issue for millennial voters
Key quote: “53 percent of young adults in the U.S. … say that a political candidate’s position on cybersecurity impacts their level of support for that candidate.”
For Everyone: Considering that millennials are now on par with Baby Boomers in terms of voting power, this is a trend to look out for in future elections—and this current one.
The Wall Street Journal: Step Up Your Smart-Home Security Now
Key quote: “You should make the assumption that anything that’s internet accessible is hackable. If it has a camera or a mic built in, it can be taken over.”
For Everyone: Because we bring our devices with us everywhere, we’re inadvertently giving hackers more and more openings to exploit. That’s why it’s so important to take the steps not just to secure your business, your corporate network, and your devices there, but also your home.