From the highly publicized Yahoo hack at the beginning of the month to the DDos attack which crashed some of the most trafficked sites on the internet, it has been an incredibly eye opening Cyber Security Awareness Month. We have seen exactly how easy it is for even large scale businesses to fall victim to cybercrime, and while large businesses may have the resources to rebound from a data breach, it can still be incredibly damaging to their reputation, and a small or medium sized business may not have resources to rebound in the same way.
Over the course of this past month we have tried to share some important information about keeping your personal and company data safe. Whether it’s pointing out that Mergers offer unique challenges to cybersecurity, offering the most important steps to take after a data breach actually occurs, or warning you about the dangers presented by the Internet of Things (the source of the DDos attack) raised awareness is the first step towards better security. Without the knowledge of how your data might be exploited, you can’t guard against those weaknesses, and that’s why we’ve tried to give a broad overview of lots of ways your data could be vulnerable to attack.
At the end of the day the single most important piece of advice we can give when it comes to protecting your data is to change your mindset. Cybersecurity isn’t something that can just be taken care of with a single new policy or a single software update. Cybersecruity has to become something that everyone is constantly thinking about. Only once it becomes an active part of everyone’s daily routine can you start to consider your data safe.
When it comes to cybersecurity we are all accountable because we are all connected. And if there’s one thing recent events have shown it’s that if one person’s data is at risk, then everyone’s data is at risk. So it is incumbent upon each and every one of us to take personal responsibility for our cybersecurity habits. Not just for the sake of our own data, but for the sake of the data of our companies and organizations and our reputations as well. To learn even more about how you can protect your data and your company’s data from cyber attacks, check out Cybersecurity Fundamentals today.