National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

October isn’t just for pumpkin spice, it also means we are officially in National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. Yes! This is a real thing. It’s like Christmas for those of us in the industry. Okay, that might be a stretch, but it is a great time to share our passion for online security.

Created in 2004 by a partnership between Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA, a division of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security) and the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), the month is intended to encourage both public and private sectors to demonstrate and educate the importance of staying safe online.

Of course, SorceTek is dedicated to promoting safe online use all year round.

Online threats and data breaches are only becoming more commonplace, making it vital for all internet users to, at the very least, have a solid baseline of security tools in place. This is true whether you work in cybersecurity or just use the internet for entertainment. 

In fact, this year’s theme is “See Yourself in Cyber” which is meant to encourage all internet users to up their game when it comes to online safety. Here are four simple ways to do just that:

Update Your Software:

If you see a software update notification, act immediately Turning on automatic updates is an even better, and very convenient, solution.

Use Strong Passwords:

Use passwords that are long, unique to each account and randomly generated. Password managers are able to generate and remember different, complex passwords for each of your accounts.

Password managers can even  encrypt passwords, securing them for you.

Think Before You Click: Recognize and Report Phishing:

Do not click on suspicious looking links. It could be an attempt to get sensitive information or install malware.

Enable Multi-Factor Authentication:

To protect your online accounts, having more than just a password is important. Enabling MFA makes getting hacked far less likely. 

Upgrade Your Cybersecurity With Us

In today’s digital world, cybersecurity is of particular importance for small business owners. To protect your company, clients, employees and your reputation, make sure to consistently encourage and uphold basic security strategies all year long.

Of course, attacks are becoming more sophisticated and continue to evolve.

Fortunately, SorceTek stays informed of how to protect small businesses from the latest threats. From risk management to disaster recovery, and everything in between, SorceTek has your back all year round. Personally, we’d take sound cybersecurity over a pumpkin spice latte any day.