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Security Awareness: Are you prepared for the coming year?

October 31, 2018 by Jeff Peters

Today is the final day of National Cyber Security Awareness Month, and we here at InfoSec Institute have loved seeing the community come together to spread security awareness. However, phishing, social engineering, account takeovers, malware and other cyber-attacks are a constant in the digital world — and an effective security awareness program needs more than just one month worth of effort. As we transition into the rest of the year, it’s important to keep the security awareness momentum going.

To that end, we’ve compiled the security awareness materials we created this month — plus some additional resources — and organized them around the four National Cyber Security Awareness Month themes. Have your team refer to these resources throughout the coming year to help keep your security awareness program humming along smoothly.

1. Make Your Home a Haven for Online Safety

Today’s youth spends more time than ever online, and building a solid foundation of security awareness has become an important life skill that extends beyond the workplace. That’s why the first week of National Cyber Security Awareness Month was centered around online safety in homes across the country.

We’re doing our part to help teach the new generation how to stay safe online with our free, four-part K-12 security awareness series, which includes security awareness tips for middle schoolers and high schoolers, as well as insight into potential cybersecurity careers.

Additional resources: Keep security awareness front-and-center all-year long by sharing our award-winning posters, infographics and other security awareness resources.

2. Educating for a Career in Cybersecurity

The second week of National Cyber Security Awareness Month was all about careers, and it was followed by (ISC)2 researchers reporting some unsurprising news: the global cybersecurity workforce gap has grown to nearly 3 million workers. We talked to experts at CompTIA as well as cybersecurity professionals to learn about introductory IT roles and possible security career paths. Then we distilled that information down into four key tips to launch your cybersecurity career.

Additional resources: (ISC)2 also found that cybersecurity professionals ranked security awareness as the the most critical area of expertise to remain competitive in their field. That’s one of the reasons we launched a first-of-its-kind training course designed around building and managing enterprise security awareness education programs. Broaden your career paths and learn one of security’s most in-demand skills by becoming a Certified Security Awareness Practitioner (CSAP).

3. It’s Everyone’s Job to Ensure Online Safety at Work

When it comes to cybersecurity, everyone at your organization can be be either a liability — or an asset. During National Cyber Security Awareness Month we chatted with several practitioners about how to best train your employers and empower them to be the front line of defense against cyber threats, including:

Additional resources: In addition to webinars, we host weekly video interviews with well-known industry thought leaders. Subscribe to our Cyber Work Podcast to hear year-round advice from experts such as Tenable Network Security co-founder Ron Gula, Zero Day Initiative creator Pedram Amini, Paraben CEO Amber Schroader and more.

4. Safeguarding the Nation’s Critical Infrastructure

Security awareness is crucial across all organizations, but the Department of Homeland Security categorizes 16 sectors as critical to the nation’s infrastructure. To support the final theme of National Cyber Security Awareness Month, we created a series of whitepapers looking at the critical security concerns facing those sectors, including:

Additional resources: You can find our critical infrastructure whitepapers plus a variety of other security awareness resources in our Security Awareness Resource Center. Use our resource center to keep security awareness front-and-center at your organization all year long.

Posted: October 31, 2018
Jeff Peters
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Jeff Peters is a communications professional with more than a decade of experience creating cybersecurity-related content. As the Director of Content and Brand Marketing at Infosec, he oversees the Infosec Resources website, the Cyber Work Podcast and Cyber Work Hacks series, and a variety of other content aimed at answering security awareness and technical cybersecurity training questions. His focus is on developing materials to help cybersecurity practitioners and leaders improve their skills, level up their careers and build stronger teams.