10 Must-Read Blog Posts for National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

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These days, most of us are acutely aware of the significance of cybersecurity, as hackers continue to churn out new malware and data breaches keep making headlines at a steady pace. In 2018 alone, there were 1,244 reported data breaches that exposed approximately 447 million records containing sensitive information (and an additional 1.68 billion non-sensitive records), according to the Identity Theft Resource Center.

As IT security threats like ransomware continue to evolve and target businesses of all sizes and across all industries, staying on top of cybersecurity is more vital than ever. To raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity, government and industry officials have designated October as National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM), according to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

NCSAM 2019’s theme is personal accountability and taking proactive steps to improve security in all settings. In honor of NCSAM, here are the top 10 most popular security-related blog posts that we’ve published during the past year. Many of these include information and instructions that will help your business safeguard sensitive information and stop data breaches before they start.

1. Series: 12 Steps to Make Your IT Infrastructure More Secure
Our Tech Tips blog series on securing your IT infrastructure covers everything from performing a security audit to creating and enforcing security policies to adopting an overall proactive approach. This is a must-read for business leaders looking to minimize data breach risk. Read the full series here, starting at the last post, which links to all the steps.

 2. 5 Key Benefits of Having a Managed Security Services Provider
With new threats emerging every day, it’s difficult to maintain a comprehensive and proactive approach to cybersecurity. That’s why many businesses outsource at least some aspects of their network security to managed security service providers (MSSPs). Read the full post to learn about five notable advantages of working with an MSSP.

3.  8 Simple Questions to Start an IT Security Discussion
If you’ve decided to implement a robust data protection program but aren’t really sure where to start, this is the post for you. Read the full article to learn which questions you need to ask to get the ball rolling on a productive IT security discussion.

4. 5 Types of Hackers Businesses Should Know About
You’re probably already aware that there are tons of hackers out there, constantly coming up with new ways to gain unauthorized access to private data. Who are they, and what motivates them? Read the full post to learn about five different categories of hackers every business leader should know about.

5. 5 Reasons You Need an IT Security Risk Assessment Today
When was the last time your company had an IT security risk assessment done? No matter what industry you’re in or how large or small your organization is, regular assessments are crucial if you want to minimize your data breach risk level. Read the full post to find out why.

6. TrickBot Q&A: 4 Essential Things to Know About This Cybersecurity Threat
TrickBot is a type of Trojan virus that has displayed numerous changes since it emerged in 2016, as its creators keep modifying it to stay ahead of their targets’ defenses. Read the full post for an overview of everything you should know about this bot and how you can keep it from infiltrating your network.

7. Why Data Breach Prevention Matters for Small and Midsize Businesses
Large corporations aren’t the only ones who need to worry about data breaches. In fact, cybercriminals often target small and midsize businesses (SMBs) since they’re less likely to have advanced IT security measures in place. Read the full post to learn why SMBs need to act and what they can do to stay safe.

8. 15 Cybersecurity Stats Every Business Leader Should See
These statistics put the data breach epidemic in perspective. We drew on various sources to provide info about everything from data breach targeting to cloud security to anti-virus efficacy. Read the full post to get all the stats.

9. Why Small and Midsize Businesses Should Outsource Cybersecurity
Given how quickly the IT security threat landscape changes, it’s difficult for any organization to stay up-to-speed and maintain a current and effective cybersecurity strategy. That’s especially true for SMBs, since they have limited resources compared to larger enterprises. Read the full post to find out why SMBs are better off outsourcing cybersecurity.

10. SIEM Simplified: How This Cybersecurity Solution Can Benefit Your Business
A Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) tool can be a valuable part of your cybersecurity arsenal. These programs perform real-time collection and historical analysis of events from various data sources to enhance threat detection and incident response. Read the full post to learn more about how SIEM solutions can protect your business.

If you’d like to learn more about cybersecurity and what you can do to proactively protect your organization from IT security threats, our team of expert techs can help. We offer a wide range of managed cybersecurity solutions and can identify your unique needs and vulnerabilities with a security risk assessment. Take the first step toward better security today by calling 877-599-3999 or emailing sales@stratospherenetworks.com.

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