National Cyber Security Awareness Month, which is observed every October, is an opportunity for us as a nation to spotlight security issues that impact our daily lives. As proven by the exponential increase in data breaches, threat actors are finding their way past current security defenses. We need to fight back together if we are ever going to turn the tides on data breaches, phishing attacks, and other malicious online threats that cost organizations and individuals each year.
Cybercriminals continue to evolve methods used to steal valuable data from both consumers and organizations. What should we do about it? For starters, we must stop being easy targets. Education is the key - SURPISE! I know you didn't see that coming. Leverage open source resources (like the PhishLabs blog and resources page!) to stay up to date on current threats and best practices to protect your assets, your identity, and valuable data.
Phishing remains the top threat vector for cyberattacks - STILL! I know, the surprises are endless. Click here for data galore on phishing attacks last year. Do you know why it remains the top vector? Because unfortunately, it works. As long as humans remain human, we will always make mistakes. Threat actors exploit the human vulnerability because it is a proven success path to gaining access to the assets of organizations and individuals.
We have a name for the flurry of emotion that overtakes you when you realize an employee has clicked on a malicious link or opened an attachment leaving your organization vulnerable. We call this #PhishRage. If you have a rage story that you would like to share with us, please do so by tweeting with the #PhishRage hashtag.
We wanted to give back a little extra this month so throughout October we will release a series of blog posts and other content designed to help you have a better understanding of online security threats, the changing threat landscape, and what do to better equip you and your organization to stop cyber threats.
We invite you to join the ranks and #fightback! We will cover topics such as data breaches, business email compromise, ransomware, and security awareness training.
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