It might be hard to believe, but it’s already October, which means the leaves are changing, the weather is getting colder, and – you guessed it – people everywhere are taking steps to improve their cybersecurity knowledge and practices to combat cyberattacks.
Now in its 17th year, National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) started as a project of the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), a division of the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Today, NCSAM has expanded across the globe as more sophisticated threats emerge and more connected devices are in use. NCSAM is intended to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity awareness and preparation both at home and in businesses. NCSAM is a campaign for individuals and organizations to take accountability for being more secure on the internet and making a proactive plan to improve their cybersecurity knowledge and practices. With more people working from home and students using online learning resources, it’s more important than ever to learn how to be safer and more secure when connecting to the internet, and to make a commitment to take steps to be more secure.
At Cisco, we live and breathe cybersecurity every day of the year, but we are especially excited to elevate the important messages of NCSAM this year. We know that remote work is here to stay, and many schools have employed remote learning for students for the near or longer term. We also know that our critical healthcare organizations are at risk for cyberattacks due to the rising number of internet-connected medical devices and clinical systems. Everyone has a role to play in ensuring a safe and secure internet experience, from users to administrators, and knowledge is power.
To celebrate NCSAM 2020, we’ve compiled a list of resources to help you learn more about key cybersecurity topics and get advice on how to improve the security of your organization.
Start with the basics
If you’re new to cybersecurity or could use a refresher on some key topics, check out some of our recent blog posts that break down technical concepts for a general audience.
- Cybersecurity terms and threats you need to know in 2020
- What is cloud security?
- What is DNS-layer security?
- What is the difference between recursive and authoritative DNS?
- What is a proxy server?
- What is CASB?
Read a new cybersecurity ebook
Want to dive deeper into a topic? Our ebooks are easy to read in a single sitting and give you the key information you need to handle your organization’s specific cybersecurity challenges.
- Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) for Dummies
- Ransomware Defense for Dummies
- What attacks aren’t you seeing?
- Network security made simple
- Cybersecurity for remote workers
Get serious about cybersecurity education
With more than 3.5 million cybersecurity jobs expected to go unfilled in 2021 according to Cybersecurity Ventures, there’s never been a better time to consider learning more about the topic.
Learn about the latest trends in cyberthreats
The Cisco Umbrella threat research team is constantly working to uncover new, emerging cyberthreats.
- Cisco Umbrella discovers evolving cyberthreats in 2020
- Navigating Cybersecurity During a Pandemic: Latest Malware and Threat Actors
- Inadequate security makes WordPress sites a land of opportunity for hackers
- Know your enemy: Protecting against the top threats of 2020
Whatever your plans are for October, don’t forget to keep cybersecurity awareness on your radar. After all, who says you can’t sip a pumpkin spice latte while you read?