October Is Cybersecurity Awareness Month

By September 26, 2017Cybersecurity, Managed Security

In an effort to combat looming cyber threats, thinkCSC has become a partner with the Department of Homeland Security’s Stop.Think.Connect.™ campaign to raise awareness about how individuals and businesses can protect themselves online – and the role businesses must play in helping to prevent future attacks.

Each week during the month of October, the campaign will focus on different areas of cybersecurity. thinkCSC will address these topics In the coming weeks and months.

5 Questions CEOs Should Ask About Cyber Risks

  1. How is our executive leadership informed about the current level and business impact of cyber risks to our company?
  2. What is the current level and business impact of cyber risks to our company? What is our plan to address identified risks?
  3. How does our cybersecurity program apply industry standards and best practices?
  4. How many and what types of cyber incidents do we detect in a normal week? What is the threshold for notifying our executive leadership?
  5. How comprehensive is our cyber incident response plan? How often is it tested?

When Should Suspicious Activity Be Reported?

System Failure or Disruption Has your system or website’s availability been disrupted? Are your employees, customers, suppliers, or partners unable to access your system or website? Has your service been denied to its users?

Suspicious Questioning Are you aware of anyone attempting to gain information in person, by phone, mail, email, etc., regarding the configuration and/or cybersecurity posture of your website, network, software, or hardware? Unauthorized Access Are you aware of anyone attempting (either failed or successful) to gain unauthorized access to your system or data?

Unauthorized Changes or Additions Has anyone made unauthorized changes or additions to your system’s hardware, firmware, or software characteristics without your IT department’s knowledge, instruction, or consent?

Suspicious Email Are you aware of anyone in your organization receiving suspicious emails that include unsolicited attachments and/or requests for sensitive personal or organizational information?

Unauthorized Use Are unauthorized parties using your system for the processing or storage of data? Are former employees, customers, suppliers, or partners still using your system?

It is not just good practice to become cybersecure. It is vital.

We encourage you to join thinkCSC’s efforts to participate in the Stop.Think.Connect. campaign by:

  • Becoming a Friend of the Campaign.
  • Distributing Stop.Think.Connect. resources to your colleagues, family, friends, and communities.
  • Hosting or participating in an online safety educational session with your team.
  • Speaking with your colleagues, family, and friends about cyber threats and safer online practices.

Learn More about the Stop.Think.Connect. Campaign

Initiated by President Obama in the 2009 Cyberspace Policy Review, the Stop.Think.Connect. campaign is an unprecedented effort among federal and state governments, industries, and nonprofit organizations to promote safer online behavior and practices. The campaign’s overarching goal is to help Americans understand not only the risks that come with using the Internet, but also the importance of protecting themselves from hackers, scam artists, identity thieves, cyber predators, and even cyber bullies. For additional information about the Stop.Think.Connect. campaign and to become a Friend, visit www.dhs.gov/stopthinkconnect.

Becoming cybersecure is a daunting task, especially for business leaders (even IT administrators) who feel inadequate regarding the current technological transformations that are sweeping across the landscape. Fortunately, thinkCSC is available as a partner in this vital effort. We understand what you are facing, and we can ensure that you are able to plan properly for the present and the future. We are ready to help; together, we can navigate this critical change and find the best solution for your individual organization. Contact us today to learn more about our new Managed Security options.