It's National Cyber Security Awareness Month

October 16, 2014

From payment system breaches at Target and the Home Depot to the massive breach at JPMorgan Chase and the insider threat risk at AT&T, it is clear why the cybersecurity market is booming; enterprises are searching for ways to protect themselves and their customers. For that reason, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) created National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM). The campaign, now in its 11th year, is designed to educate and support awareness around keeping consumers and enterprises safe from cyber risks.
NCSAM is broken into five weeks, focused on different facets of cybersecurity. Week one promoted DHS’ Stop.Think.Connect.™  campaign, encouraging Internet security responsibility.  Last week focused on the security of IT products and data, including the secure transfer and sharing of documents and files, a topic that our client WatchDox is working to improve. Just recently, Gamma Medica, a developer of digital molecular imaging technologies for the detection of breast cancer, selected WatchDox as its enterprise file-sync-and share solution to protect and control its data across mobile devices.
This week, NCSAM will highlight the importance of protecting critical infrastructure and securing devices controlled by the Internet of Things (IoT). Metis clients TSC Advantage and Waterfall Security recently spoke with Dark Reading about the importance of securing critical infrastructure networks in the age of ISIS. Both companies are using their technology and experience to help better secure enterprises made vulnerable to sophisticated attackers.
The fourth week of NCSAM is devoted to raising cybersecurity awareness in small and medium-sized businesses. In a feature story for Inc., Jeremy Quittner explains how breaches at large enterprises, like JP Morgan Chase, can trickle down to affect smaller businesses, and what startups, like our client Exabeam, are doing to prevent these breaches. The fifth week of the month is dedicated to cybercrime and law enforcement. Jeff Lyons, co-founder of Metis client Black Lotus Communications, took to TechRadar’s blog to explain why traditional DDoS prevention methods will no longer protect businesses from cybercrime and what Black Lotus is aiming to do to end the cycle.

What do you think are the most pressing cybersecurity issues facing today’s enterprises? Let us know on Twitter with the hashtag #NCSAM.

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