Cyber Security Awareness Month 2020

It’s October again, and this year Cyber security awareness month is even more important than ever. COVID-19 hit us all unexpectedly, and with that businesses had to shift their priorities and subsequently cyber security has been put on the back foot by many. October has come just in time to re-highlight the importance of being cyber aware whilst working from home, particularly now our homes are more connected than ever.

Cyber Security Month is now recognised by many across the globe, with the shared goal of promoting awareness cyber security. Those in the US are adopting the National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) campaign, which runs every October. This is supported by the US Government to ensure businesses and citizens have access to the resources they need to stay secure online. This year’s theme is ‘Do our Part. #BeCyberSmart’ to evoke a sense of responsibility to individuals and their cyberspace, with the key message “If you connect it, protect it.”

Europe’s Cyber Security Awareness Month (ESCM) is Europe’s version, which is also held annually in October. The official message this year is ‘Think Before U Click’ with two main themes running, ‘Digital Skills’ and ‘Cyber Scams’.

No matter where in the world you are located, cyber security should always be a top priority. Today, with our internet reliance at its highest, a Cyber breach has the potential to have even more devastating impacts than before.

Unfortunately, since COVID-19 cyber criminals have seized the opportunity to take advantage of our increased online activity, with a significance increase in targeting remote, vulnerable users. So, if you haven’t taken cyber security seriously in the past, now is the time!

MFG’s commitment to Cyber Awareness

Our key objective this month is to help raise awareness of cyber security threats and promote good cyber security processes amongst businesses and individuals. At MFG we like to think we lead by example as demonstrated by our ISO 27001 certification.

Our focus will lean towards educating business and their users on the importance of being cyber aware. The majority of data breaches occur because of human error. Therefore, the importance of educating users through cyber awareness training is the first step you can take to reducing a business’s cyber vulnerability. We will also be spreading awareness about technical products which add a further level of cyber security.

If you have any questions about promoting or maintaining cyber awareness in your workplace, or you’re interested in gaining your Cyber Essentials accreditation or any other cyber security related questions – the MFG team are on hand to help.

Happy Cyber Awareness Month!

Contact the Cyber Team at MFG today. Call 0118 914 8800 (opt 1) or email info@mfg-uk.com.

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