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Cybersecurity Awareness Month reminds us that security must be persistent

October 09, 2020

Cybersecurity Awareness Month reminds us that security must be persistent
For the past 13 years, October has been National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. This year’s theme from CISA (Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency) and NCSA (National Cyber Security Alliance) is: “Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart.” Through this message, CISA hopes to encourage individuals and organizations to own their role in protecting their part of cyberspace, stressing personal accountability and the importance of taking proactive steps to enhance cybersecurity. It’s a goal you and your customers should embrace.

There’s never been a better time to sell cybersecurity
Regardless of the markets you serve, security is critical. It’s even more so today as organizations are more risk-averse than ever. If you’re hoping to build revenue and profitability in 2020 and 2021, make security your focus. Here are just a few solutions and services you should be offering:

  • Next-generation firewalls (NGFW)
  • Web application firewalls (WAF)
  • Identity management service
  • Endpoint security
  • Email security
  • 2FA/MFA solutions
  • Intrusion detection
  • Response and recovery solutions
  • Phishing education
Check out our security line card to learn about additional solutions to round out your offering.

Don’t overlook the human element
While firewalls, endpoint security, intrusion detection, and other security solutions and best practices can go far in protecting your customers from a variety of attack vectors, many fall short of addressing human vulnerabilities. Put another way, these defense solutions don’t necessarily focus on the human element, while attackers most certainly do.

Indeed, most attacks target employees who unwittingly open emails or click links that expose a PC, and ultimately the network, to criminals and bad actors. According to the 2020 Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR), social phishing attacks are the most common threat type for breaches. Once a phishing attack succeeds and credentials are gained, the entire organization is then open to a variety of malicious threats.

The stakes have never been higher. Malicious threats exist everywhere and cybercriminals continue to get smarter. In the spirit of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, make sure your customers are educated and following best practices in cybersecurity. As good as technology is at protecting the networks of your customers, there must be awareness training, education and, ultimately, personal accountability on behalf of employees to do their part in keeping their IT environment secure. Your part to play includes providing the education and offering the latest security solutions and services. For assistance in fulfilling this mission, contact Jacob White or Curt Vurpillat, Ingram Micro’s cybersecurity experts.