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October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month—Check out the top 5 best practices

September 21, 2018

October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month—Check out the top 5 best practices

In 2003, as a result of a collaborative effort between the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the National Cybersecurity Alliance, October was designated as Cybersecurity Awareness Month.

Ingram Micro, the only IT distributor to provide a complete security solution, is also committed to promoting cybersecurity best practices.  We believe the more our partners know, the better prepared they and their customers will be. With the month of October approaching, we thought now would be a perfect time to review the top 5 steps to make an organization “cybersecurity-ready.”

  1. Share these tips with employees on how to stay safe when using the internet:
  • Creating complex passwords
  • Using VPNs and firewalls
  • Keeping security patches up-to-date
  • Taking precautions when opening emails
  • Restricting websurfing to secured URLs

When you stop to think that in 2016 alone over 36.6 million personal records were exposed to data breaches, the importance of taking proper security measures can’t be overstated.

  1. Establish and enforce cybersecurity protocols for everyone to follow.

It’s by no means a foregone conclusion that all companies today have security policies in place—far from it. According to recent statistics, 33% of small businesses lack the most basic antivirus protection, even though about 85% of all data breaches happen at the small-business level.

  1. Promote awareness and understanding of all types of cybersecurity threats (phishing attacks, insider threats, denial of service (DOS) and malware) and how to prevent them.
    When you consider the following statistics, you’ll understand the importance of having users throughout an organization understand the nature of these threats and ways to identify them.
  • There are more than 4,000 ransomware attacks every day.
  • The number of ransomware attacks increased by 36% in 2017.
  • 1 in 131 emails contain some sort of malware.
  • Only 14.78% of people claim to know the risks that come with clicking unknown links in emails.
  1. Take steps to secure all mobile devices connected to the company network.
    The growth of BYOD has many employees now using their own smartphones and tablets for business purposes. IT managers should instruct users to encrypt their devices, install an antivirus application and update the firmware.
  2. Find ways to beef up security of the company’s critical infrastructure.
    CSO Magazine recommends a technique called “attack mapping”—examining the possible ways an attacker could steal information from a network and methods to strengthen the entry points that are most vulnerable. If your customers haven’t conducted a formal security assessment lately, now is the perfect time for you to have that discussion. And Ingram Micro can help!

Cybersecurity Month is an ideal time to review your security offerings.

Take a good look at your security practice.  Are you offering your customers the right security solutions and services to address today’s threat landscape?  Ingram Micro offers a wide array of new, emerging and market-leading vendors and professional security services to help protect your most valued clients. Visit us online or contact your Ingram Micro sales representative today