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Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart


OCTOBER 1-2: KICK-OFF

We invite you to follow along with us as we participate in Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2020 and encourage all of our members to own their role in protecting connected devices. "Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart."

Facts and Figures:

  • Hackers attack every 39 seconds, on average 2,244 times a day. (University of Maryland)
  • 56% of Americans don't know what steps to take in the event of a data breach. (Varonis)
  • 46% of organizations got all of their malware via email. (Verizon 2020 Data Breach Investigations Report)

OCTOBER 5-9: IF YOU CONNECT IT. PROTECT IT.

The line between our online and offline lives is indistinguishable. This network of connections creates both opportunities and challenges for individuals and organizations across the globe. Internet-connected devices have impacted our lives in such a way that we all as users must take an active role in security steps to reduce the risks. 

Facts and Figures: 

  • The number of cellular Internet of Things (IoT) connections is expected to reach 3.5 billion in 2023- increasing with an annual growth rate of 30%. (Ericsson)
  • Gartner forecasts that 25 billion connected things will be in use by 2021. (Gartner)
  • 63% of people find connected devices 'creepy' in the way they collect data about people and their behaviors. (Consumers International & Internet Society)
  • Once plugged into the internet, connected devices are attacked within 5 minutes and targeted by specific exploits in 24 hours. (NETSCOUT)

Check out this "Internet of Things" Knowledge Sheet for more helpful tips!


OCTOBER 12-16: SECURING DEVICES AT HOME AND WORK

More and more of our home devices—including thermostats, door locks, coffee machines, and smoke alarms—are now connected to the Internet. This enables us to control our devices on our smartphones, no matter our location, which in turn can save us time and money while providing convenience and even safety. These advances in technology are innovative and intriguing,however they also pose a new set of security risks. #BeCyberSmart to connect with confidence and protect your digital home.

Facts and Figures:

  • The global smart home market is forecast to reach a value of more than $141 billion by 2023. (Statista Research)
  • 92% of employees said they believe it's the organization's job to secure remote working, yet over two-fifths (42%) claimed current security policies make it difficult to do their job. (Capita)
  • 90% of IT professionals believe remote workers are not secure and 70% think remote staff poses a greater risk than onsite employees (OpenVPN)

Check out this 5 Steps to Protecting Your Digital Home Knowledge sheet for more tips!


OCTOBER 19-23: SECURING INTERNET-CONNECTED DEVICES IN HEALTHCARE 

The convergence of the internet and healthcare has created many benefits for patients and healthcare providers, but has also created vulnerabilities that cyber criminals regularly attemtpt to exploit. 

Facts and Figures:

  • The global IoT healthcare market is expected to reach $14 billion by 2024. (Zion Market Research) 
  • Hospitals are at the top of the list of industries most vulnerable to cyber attacks. (Moody's Investors Service)
  • The total telemedicine market in the United States is predicted to reach $22 billion in 2022. (Statista Research)

OCTOBER 26-30: THE FUTURE OF CONNECTED DEVICES

Technological innovations are on the horizon, such as 5G, which might impact our consumer and business online experiences. No matter what the future holds, however every user needs to be empowered to do their part. Every time you sign up for a new account, download a new app, or get a new device, immediately configure the privacy and security settings to your comfort level for information sharing. Regularly check these settings (at least once a year) to make sure they are still configured to your comfort. 

Facts and Figures:

  • It is predicted that 70 percent of light-duty vehicles and trucks will be connected to the internet by 2023. (Statista Research)
  • 5G coverage is forecast to reach 45 percent of the world's population by end of 2024. (Ericsson)
  • The IoT devices market is anticipated to reach $1.1 trillion by 2026. (Fortune Business Insights)

#BeCyberSmart Tip: Online Safety

You post a picture of you and your best friend to your favorite social media platform. She doesn’t feel comfortable with the image, so you agree to take it down. Will this ensure that no one else sees the picture?

Answer: No. Once an image (or any information) is posted on the internet, it is virtually impossible to remove it from circulation. Taking it off of your social media page will help, but there is no guarantee that others have not already seen it and/or downloaded it to their own machines.


About Cybersecurity Awareness Month
Cybersecurity Awareness Month is designed to engage and educate public- and private-sector partners through events and initiatives with the goal of raising awareness about cybersecurity to increase the resiliency of the nation in the event of a cyber incident. Since the Presidential proclamation establishing Cybersecurity Awareness Month in 2004, the initiative has been formally recognized by Congress, federal, state and local governments and leaders from industry and academia. This united effort is necessary to maintain a cyberspace that is safer and more resilient and remains a source of tremendous opportunity and growth for years to come. For more information, visit staysafeonline.org/cybersecurity-awareness-month/