Is Cybersecurity Awareness Month a Bad Thing?

October 21, 2020 – 3pm EST

In our inaugural Facebook Live event, cyberconIQ CEO & Founder Dr. James Norrie discusses why Cybersecurity Awareness Month is a bad thing. Cybersecurity should not only be stressed about one month out of the year. It should be a topic discussed 12 out of 12 months of the year. Top of mind awareness is something Norrie highly stresses. If a topic (cybersecurity) is at the top of your mind you are more likely to stop and think before you click or press on a link that might lead you to a cyber-attack.

Norrie was joined by Senior Sales Team Leader Cindy Hettchen during the discussion. Towards the end of the show, viewers were able to ask the speakers any questions they had. These prompted great conversations between viewers and speakers. At the end of the segment, watchers were rewarded with a code to take the myQ Assessment for no charge.

Let us give you a little breakdown of what Cybersecurity Awareness Month entails.

Most people today have become increasingly reliant on the internet. However, with this increase in internet usage cybercriminals began to make their moves on the unsuspecting public. Cybersecurity awareness month started in the U.S. in 2004. It was launched by both the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA). This launch encouraged people to view internet safety as a shared responsibility. It also gave people simple easy tips to understand instructions in a field they may not be familiar with as well as the tools to make educated and informed decisions online.

Why do we care?

Good cyber hygiene is like locking a door to a house. If left open or unlocked, you have no idea who could walk right into your home. You are doing your part to make sure no cyber criminals can get access to your life.

The world of technology and the internet will never stop growing. Everything is done with technology from banking, shopping, scheduling appointments, work, etc. Essentially our whole lives are visible online if someone were to gain access. So do your part and #staycybersmart not just this month but always. At the end of the day, it is up to you if you are going to lock the door or leave it wide open.

Take a look at our own take on Cyber Security Awareness Month page.