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Each and every one of us needs to do our part to make sure that our online lives are kept safe and secure. That’s what National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) – observed in October – is all about!

https://staysafeonline.org/ncsam/

https://www.dhs.gov/national-cyber-security-awareness-month

https://www.cisecurity.org/blog/october-national-cybersecurity-awareness-month/

 

Tip of the Day – Social Engineering

Social engineering is the use of deception to manipulate individuals into divulging confidential or personal information that may be used for fraudulent purposes.

Employees are often a company’s most expensive resource, and from an IT security perspective, usually the biggest security risk.  Just talk to the IT security department at Anthem, Inc. or JPMorgan Chase, whose massive data breaches originated with phishing attacks.

Cyber Awareness Training, also known as Security Awareness and Training, is the process of educating employees on computer security and good computing practices.  Investing in education, such as what a phishing attack is and ways to avoid falling victim to them, is typically covered as part of this training.

I encourage you to take a few moments to read the following article. If I were tasked with attacking your organization, I’d use social engineering techniques as my first method of attack as well.

https://blog.knowbe4.com/hackers-social-engineering-is-easier

 

 

Brian Shrift

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