October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) in the US, which is an annual effort by the Department of Homeland Security to educate the public about privacy and security in our increasingly connected world. There are different themes each week, and this week the focus is on cybersecurity in the workplace.
Creating a culture of cybersecurity is one of the most important pieces of a business security initiative. Companies often overlook the human element in security, despite investing heavily in firewalls, security gateways, and data protection. Simple passwords and social engineering scams put the company at risk of a larger attack. Spear phishing, for example, can trick an unsuspecting employee into exposing the company to ransomware, data exfiltration, and more.