October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month


By: Dave Cole
You may already know that October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but did you know that it also is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month?  In his proclamation of this as Cybersecurity Awareness Month, President Obama explained that, although our country benefits immensely from the Internet, increased connectivity brings increased risk of theft, fraud, and abuse.  This is true for businesses and consumers alike.
To help educate people about cyber threats, the Department of Homeland Security is leading the Stop.Think.Connect. campaign.  Stop.Think.Connect. is a national campaign to help people understand cyber threats and how to protect their online privacy.  There also are resources designed specifically for government and businesses, such as the “Small Business Tip Card,” which gives statistics on cyber threats affecting small businesses (did you know 40 percent of all cyber-attacks target businesses with fewer than 500 employees?) and helpful tips for preventing cyber-attacks and resources if your organization is attacked.
Cybersecurity Awareness Month is a good opportunity for organizations to review their cybersecurity framework.  If you have questions or need help improving your program or policies, please contact one of our attorneys.