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Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2023

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October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month, a time to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity and to educate people about how to protect themselves from cyber threats. This year’s theme is “See Something, Say Something,” which emphasizes the importance of reporting suspicious activity to IT security teams.

Organizations of all sizes are facing an increasing number of cyber threats, as cybercriminals are constantly developing new ways to exploit vulnerabilities. With the rise of new technologies, such as artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML), organizations need to take additional steps to protect themselves from these emerging threats.

Cybersecurity measures that organizations can take in 2023

  • Enable multi-factor authentication (MFA). MFA adds an extra layer of security to user accounts by requiring users to provide two or more factors of authentication, such as a password and a one-time code from an authentication app. This makes it much more difficult for attackers to gain access to user accounts, even if they have stolen a user’s password.
  • Update software regularly. Software updates often include security patches that fix known vulnerabilities. By keeping software up to date, organizations can reduce their risk of being exploited by attackers.
  • Educate employees about cybersecurity best practices. Employees are one of the most important lines of defense against cyberattacks. Organizations need to educate employees about how to identify and avoid phishing emails, how to create strong passwords, and other important cybersecurity best practices.
  • Implement a security information and event management (SIEM) system. A SIEM system can help organizations to detect and respond to cyberattacks more quickly and effectively. A SIEM system collects and analyzes logs from various security devices and systems, and it can generate alerts when suspicious activity is detected.
  • Invest in cybersecurity training for employees. Organizations should invest in cybersecurity training for all employees, regardless of their job title or role. This training should cover a variety of topics, such as phishing awareness, password security, and social engineering.

In addition to these general measures, organizations should protect themselves from the emerging threats posed by new technologies, such as AI and ML, by monitoring their AI and ML systems for suspicious activity and using AI and ML to improve their own cybersecurity defenses.

By taking these steps, organizations can protect themselves from the cyber threats of 2023 and beyond.

At Hardware Nation, we believe that cybersecurity is a team effort. That’s why we take a collaborative approach, working with our partners and customers to keep organizations and communities safe from cyber threats.

When we work together, we are better equipped to:

  • Identify and mitigate emerging threats
  • Share best practices and lessons learned
  • Develop and implement innovative cybersecurity solutions

We are committed to helping our partners and customers create a more secure digital world. For more information on cybersecurity safety, please visit the National Cybersecurity Alliance website: National Cybersecurity Alliance website.

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