National Cyber Security Awareness Month has been observed every October since 2004, and while it is a worthwhile occasion, it may be time to think about making it a daily occurrence.
From the beginning of 2017 to today, cyber attacks have hit at double the rate they occurred in 2016. Not only that, but their impact is widening; in 2015, more than 1.7 million personal records were exposed via 780 data security breaches. In 2016, hackers raised the number of phishing type security attacks by 38 percent. They expanded their reach to devices beyond computer systems and networks; unsafe wireless medical devices, mobile devices, and cloud architectures all became victims last year.
To be sure, National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) has been a rousing success. NCSAM has grown exponentially – reaching consumers, small and medium-sized businesses, corporations, educational institutions and young people across the nation.
But is once a year enough? Cybersecurity is constantly changing, which means it must be regularly evaluated to determine whether certain security measures are effective in addressing threats and risks. Only through diligent and consistent efforts can businesses rise to the challenge posed by hackers invading their computer systems. With all this in mind, is it possible to stay ahead of the bad guys and stay safe in a global online world? Fortunately, yes.
Attacks and ransomware infections in 2017 such as WannaCry, the HBO hack, the Equifax theft and Dun & Bradstreet leak have created a virtual ‘Who’s Who’ of victims. The list keeps growing, and virtually every company feels like they are in the crosshairs of cyber criminals – with nowhere to turn.