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Cybersecurity Awareness Month

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Conor Quinlan

How Can You “See Yourself in Cyber”?

Since 2004, the President of the United States and Congress have declared October Cybersecurity Awareness Month. The goal for the month is to bring awareness and insights to people so they can take action to protect themselves. As online threats to technology and confidential data become more common and sophisticated, everyone needs to gain a deeper understanding of cyber threats and take preventive measures.

This year’s campaign theme — “See Yourself in Cyber” — points out that technology is really about people. People build and oversee networks; they access technology. Everyone is safer when people become educated about making wise decisions about their relationship with technology.

During CISA’s Cybersecurity Awareness Month, Airiam is sharing weekly tips and hosting an educational webinar (October 24, 2022) for small and midsize enterprises (SMEs) that face a growing threat from cybercrime.

SMEs are prime targets for threat actors. The average ransom now exceeds $200,000, and some ransoms reach millions of dollars. SMEs experienced a 424% increase in cyber breaches from 2020 to 2021, and attacks continue to grow. Businesses without immutable system backups hosted where cybercriminals can’t access them, barriers to system breaches such as multi-factor authentication, and 24/7 system monitoring are left vulnerable to attacks. Fifty percent of companies now report being targeted by a cyberattack at least once a week, and the risk to SMEs is substantial. Unlike larger organizations, most SMEs don’t have the internal bandwidth to monitor and avoid these threats without outside support.

Airiam supports our clients through an expert team with decades of experience on the front lines of cybersecurity. Too often, we’re introduced to organizations when they reach out for help after a breach. We rebuild their networks and systems to become whole and structure our services and products to build cyber resilience so they won’t get victimized again. Less often, clients are proactive and work with us to ensure they have the enterprise-grade security and support in place to remain safe as threats continue to grow and change. We promise to build resilience for our clients regardless of how they come to work with us.

Airiam’s team not only “sees themselves in cyber” – cyber is their passion. We work tirelessly to repair ransomware’s damage to all sorts of businesses. We live to learn about new threats and discover ways to bolster our support as they change. Hackers strike every day; they never take a break and neither do we. It’s our goal to make sure their attacks are discovered and contained, so our clients’ businesses aren’t interrupted by cybercrime.

How can you “See Yourself in Cyber”? Understanding and taking basic steps to protect online information and privacy is crucial no matter what role you and your team members play in your organization. Vendors and suppliers can take ownership of their role and protect your brand as well as their brand and reputation. Customers need to be smart too. Every step of the supply chain requires attention and the chain is only as strong as its weakest link.

As businesses and customers become more connected through a growing ecosystem, the entire ecosystem must take cybersecurity precautions. By learning about threats before they happen to you, your organization, or the ecosystem you share, you can take measures to make it more difficult for the bad actors to access sensitive data and profit by harming others. When your organization works proactively with an expert cybersecurity team like Airiam, together, we build the resilience required to avoid debilitating attacks.

Thank you for learning more and taking action to be safe and secure online, at work, and at home. Please read our weekly tips, and reach out if you’d like to learn more about how our team can support your business to ensure its survival ready and resilient in the event of a threat.

Let’s work together to make every month Cybersecurity Awareness Month.

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