October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month

Baseball, Hot Dogs, Apple Pie, and Cybersecurity

October, 2016 is an active month in the United States: 1) Baseball season is winding down and soon we’ll know who the World Series Champions are, 2) Top football teams are beginning to assert their dominance, 3) Basketball and hockey seasons are revving up, 4) The elections are just around the corner, and 5) National Cyber Security Awareness Month is at the forefront of everyone’s mind.

Maybe #5 above isn’t entirely true although in recent discussions I have with friends and family, cybersecurity awareness is becoming the subject of many conversations. Even my parents know they shouldn’t click on every link they find in an email. Collectively, we are becoming more aware that following good cybersecurity practices is important to us all.

It is an understatement to say that the past two decades has seen the economic importance of the Internet grow. In much the same way energy drives the US economy, the Internet is playing a similar role.  Our food, financial, transportation, health, (….and the list goes on….) systems depend on the Internet.

Small businesses have also seen a growing reliance on the Internet to keep their businesses running. Coupled with that reliance, they have also seen a dramatic uptick in cybersecurity incidents. Much of this can be attributed to lack of resource, lack of security acumen, or general lack of awareness. National Cyber Security Awareness Month was developed as a joint government/private industry campaign to provide every American the resources they need to stay safe on the Internet.

Please stay tuned for more blogs on specific weekly NCSAM themes.

You can also visit https://staysafeonline.org/ncsam/about for more specific information about the 2016 campaign.

One thing is certain: We can all help minimize cybersecurity incidents by being aware of the risks that are out there. One thing isn’t certain but I can always dream: My Cubbies are going all the way this year!