Happy October! Here in St. Louis, we’ve already kicked off the month with excellent fall activities such as a 40 degree, same-day temperature swing, a trip to the apple orchard, and of course the extensive planning for Fpweb.net’s annual pumpkin carving contest! Personally, October is (by far) my favorite month! Between post-season baseball, chilly night bonfires and that final seasonal trip to the wineries… this month has it all.
Another fantastic part of October is the attention brought to Breast Cancer Awareness. “October” has become synonymous with the words pink and fundraising. It’s a cause I’m personally bound to and a huge believer in, so I was pretty surprised when I learned it has been sharing those 31 days of awareness with National Cyber Security Awareness Month since 2004.
Now, I’m not sure that NCSAM has a designated ribbon yet, but I know that it’s certainly another cause I can easily get behind.
Data Security Matters
Every month of the year at Fpweb.net, security is our number one priority in protecting our customers’ enterprise-level SharePoint environments. We pour the money and expertise necessary into our redundant hosting facilities to take data protection to the next level with SSAE 16 SOC 1 Type II Certifications and state-of-the-art cyber safeguards. And to that end, we hire only the best in cyber security expertise to ensure that our team is consistently exceeding best practices standards.
We’ve explained in the past why cloud hosting can secure your business better than an on-premises deployment, but we also understand that picking a hosting provider is never an easy process. Be sure to reference this security checklist when you find yourself in that critical vendor review stage of your RFP process. And while it’s easy to think of cyber security on an enterprise level, we all need to stay focused on its importance at home as well.
Cyber Security on the Home-front
At home, we are open to just as many security risks.
We have to protect ourselves and our family, and always be mindful of our actions so as not to become a victim. We all grew up in a time that having your house robbed was a terrible visual that kept us up at night. Sadly, now it is so much easier for a stranger to find their way into your life through your computer, and though the mental image may not strike as much fear, the repercussions can be far worse than a stolen TV or grandma’s pearls. So, how can you protect yourself and your family?
Cyber Security Tips to Protect Your Family from Threats:
- Make sure your antivirus software is installed properly and always up to date.
- If you don’t know who an email is from, don’t open it.
- Know how to create strong passwords.
- Make sure your family is aware of the do’s and don’ts of posting on social media.
- If you are a victim of theft, be prepared to act quickly.
Another thing everyone can do, at work or at home, is get involved in spreading the word. Just like Breast Cancer Awareness, education is key to NCSAM. Protecting our digital lives and investments is a team effort, so please feel free to share your personal tips and tricks, security eBooks, and even hold organization wide lunch and learns.
This year, NCSAM has chosen four weekly themes to better equip each of us to help spread the word.
- Week 1: Stop. Think. Connect
- Week 2: Secure Development of IT Products
- Week 3: Critical Infrastructure and the Internet of Things
- Week 4: Cyber-security for Small and Medium-Sized Business and Entrepreneurs
For more information on each of these topics and how to get involved, please reference Stay Safe Online, a spectacular organization powered by the National Cyber Security Alliance.