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BY: Lynda Haig Thoresen | Marketing, Communication & Sustainability Manager

It’s Cybersecurity Awareness Month

It’s Cybersecurity Awareness Month and the topic has never been more relevant than it is now. It is very much a shared responsibility for everyone – not just the IT departments. Although October is the designated Cybersecurity Awareness Month – it is a 24 / 7 / 365 job.

Human error is the major contributing cause in 95 % of all breaches

While your IT department do what they can to protect the company from cyber-attacks, phishing attempts and malware, employees have shown to be the weakest link when it comes to IT-security and play a significant role in cyber breaches. Trusted research & cyber security reports state that human error is the major contributing cause in 95 % of all breaches. In other words, attentive, observant, and alert employees are instrumental in helping us stay safe.

Compulsory IT security e-learning course for employees

In connection with Cybersecurity Awareness Month we are conducting a compulsory IT security e-learning course for all our employees. We believe this will enable them to better recognize possible threats to our business and teach them how to avoid being defrauded.

Phishing and software vulnerabilities cause nearly 70% of cyber incidents

Palo Alto Networks Unit 42 Incident Response Report Reveals that Phishing and Software Vulnerabilities Cause Nearly 70% of Cyber Incidents. The top three initial access vectors used by threat actors were phishing, exploitation of known software vulnerabilities and brute-force credential attacks focused primarily on remote desktop protocol (RDP). Combined, these attack vectors make up 77% of the suspected root causes for intrusions.

Coronavirus — the largest cybersecurity threat ever

New risks emerged during Covid as most of our home offices aren’t as protected as the workplace with its secure firewalls, routers, and access management. Many of our employees are still working part time from home. COVID has already been categorised the largest ever cybersecurity threat and cybercriminals are honing their methods and are continuously targeting those who work from home.

Remote work arguably introduces new categories of cybersecurity risks

According to Malwarebytes Labs report, 20% of organisations experienced a security breach because of a remote worker. Remote work arguably introduces new categories of cybersecurity risks. There is an increase in both phishing attacks and data breaches when working remotely.

Verizon’s 2022 Data Breaches Investigations report states that 82 % of breaches involved the Human Element, including Social Attacks, Errors and Misuse and that that there is a 13 % increase in ransomware breaches — more than in the last 5 years combined.

Do Your Part #BeCyberSmart

Here is our IT Managers top 10 wish list

1. Check the sender’s e-mail (hover over with cursor)
2. Check email links before you click on them (hover over with cursor)
3. Beware of CEO/BEC (Business Email Compromise) fraud. Always validate email legitimacy before making payments / transferring money.
4. Make complex unique password
5. Never use personal passwords for work
6. Use multi-factor authentication
7. Lock your computer / laptop every time you leave your desk
8. Store your work-related documents on centralised storage solutions provided by your employer and not on your computer / laptop
9. Your computer / laptop belongs to your workplace and should never be used by family members
10. IT / IT Security policy’s are made for a reason – make sure you comply

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