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Turning the page on Cybersecurity Awareness

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The end of October marked the end of Cybersecurity Awareness Month, an annual initiative that reminds us of the importance of staying vigilant in the digital age.

Throughout the month, I’m sure you’ve seen plenty of valuable content and insights across feeds, including our own LRS IT Solutions Blog. But the real challenge begins now – how do we maintain that awareness and turn it into a year-round commitment? How do we continue to fortify our defenses as attacks continue to get more sophisticated and persistent?

Before delving into strategies for sustaining cybersecurity awareness, let’s recap the essential lessons we’ve learned this month from our blog series:

  1. Password Hygiene: We’ve been reminded of the importance of strong, unique passwords, and the use of multi-factor authentication (MFA). The overwhelming majority of data breaches start with stolen credentials, so do better than Password123, people!
  2. Software Updates: Regularly updating our software and operating systems can plug vulnerabilities that cybercriminals can often exploit. 
  3. Data Protection in Today’s AI World: Safeguarding sensitive data and understanding the significance of data privacy is vital. This gets escalated as organizations continue to embrace Generative AI solutions. Ensure the corpus of knowledge (aka data) feeding those LLM’s is not contaminated or altered. 
  4. The Importance of Cybersecurity Insurance in Today’s World: The financial implications of a data breach can be catastrophic for an organization, so having a cyberinsurance policy is essential for all organizations. 
  5. Cyber Resiliency: While cyber protection aims to keep cyber threats out in the first place, cyber resilience becomes crucial for responding effectively when a bad actor gets in. Storage and Security strategies should be closely connected!

Now that we’ve recapped some of the lessons learned from this series, let’s discuss how to maintain and build upon this throughout the rest of the year and beyond:

  1. Continuous Learning: Cyber threats continually evolve, so let’s stay informed! 
  2. Regular Security Audits: Conducting regular security audits is a key step to identifying vulnerabilities and addressing them. 
  3. Incident Response Planning: Develop and regularly update/practice an incident response plan to minimize the impact of a breach. 
  4. Privileged Access Management: Do you know who has access to your privileged credentials? Or what they’re using them for? Are you sure? These credentials contain the keys to the treasure for attackers, so protect what they’re looking to exploit first!

While Cybersecurity Awareness Month is over, our commitment to cybersecurity should be year-round. These lessons can be the building blocks with which we can build a more secure digital presence.

Remember that cybersecurity is not a one-time effort; it’s an ongoing journey towards a safer and more secure digital world. We can help you with that effort; just contact us here.

Now, enjoy the holiday season and please remember to be safe online, especially when you do your holiday shopping. Don’t let the cybercriminals steal your gifts!

About the author

Patrick Dolan is an IBM Security Software Specialist with LRS IT Solutions. He combines his knowledge of security software with a passion for helping companies safeguard their operations.