Security Awareness: Are you prepared for the coming year?
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:
- Pete Just, CTO of Metropolitan School District of Wayne Township in Indiana, who explained his five-step process for building a cyber-aware staff
- Nick Hayes, Forrester senior analyst, who shared first-hand lessons from CISOs, training organizations and communications experts on best practices to harden your human firewall
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:
- Critical Security Concerns Facing the Energy & Utility Industry
- Critical Security Concerns Facing the Healthcare Industry
- Critical Security Concerns Facing the Financial Services Industry
- Critical Security Concerns Facing the Technology Industry
- Critical Security Concerns Facing Government
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.