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Cybersecurity Awareness Month is an annual initiative organized by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure
Security Agency (CISA) and the National Cybersecurity Alliance (NCA). It aims to educate the public about
cybersecurity risks and promote safe online practices. This year’s theme is “Secure Our World.”
Cybersecurity Awareness Month Curriculum
Throughout October, various activities and resources are available to help individuals and organizations
enhance their cybersecurity practices. These include tip sheets, animated videos, social media graphics,
and resource materials. In 2023, the campaign aims to focus on implementing four key behaviors:
-Use strong passwords and a password manager
-Turn ON multifactor authentication
-Recognize and report phishing
Developments in Cybersecurity
In addition to the awareness month, there have been various cybersecurity incidents and efforts to
strengthen cyber defenses in the past 2 years.
CISA, who organizes the activities surrounding Cybersecurity awareness month, also stresses the
importance of regulation and compliance within the realm of cybersecurity. Compliance to federal
regulations is crucial to maintaining the safety of online affairs.
The White House has announced a new cybersecurity strategy, and President Biden’s executive order
aims to improve privacy protection and reduce risks associated with data transfers to the U.S. “Cyber
threats affect every sector of society, from the critical infrastructure that underpins our daily lives to
the schools where we educate our children and the products we use in our homes,” says Biden in his
2023 proclamation on Cybersecurity Awareness Month. The U.S. Treasury has also successfully repel-
led cyber attacks, demonstrating the effectiveness of their strengthened approach to financial system
security. The SEC has also taken steps to protect investors from cyber incidents.
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) also made updates to the Standards for Safeguarding Customer
Information under the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA) in October of 2021. Though the Safeguards
rule was originally passed in 2003, the 2021 amendment made sure that the rule “keeps pace with current
technology,” according to the FTC. The revised rules were made to “provide more concrete guidance to
businesses” and includes cybersecurity principles that all covered companies must follow. Covered
companies under the new FTC Safeguards include, but are not limited to:
-Any retailers who extend credit by issuing their own credit card directly to consumers
-Personal property and real estate appraisers
-Accountants or other tax preparation services
-Investment advisory companies
-Credit counseling services
Any organization that manages sensitive consumer data (like the realms of healthcare, E-commerce,
and defense) is strongly encouraged to develop a comprehensive cybersecurity program to ensure
that the data in their care is protected. This is the perfect time to increase organizational awareness
of new regulations and to take measures to achieve compliance.
Inceptus and Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities
At Inceptus, we have the tools to make sure your organization meets cybersecurity standards.
Here is how we can help:
-Act as CISO to develop a comprehensive security program
-Cybersecurity Policies and Procedures
-Bespoke Managed Security
-24/7/365 SOC Monitoring
-Security Awareness Training
-Penetration Testing/ Vulnerability Management
-Incident Response Plans
Inceptus uses the MITRE framework to prevent, pinpoint and defeat cybersecurity threats. By
using real-life observations, Inceptus is able to execute real-life solutions that ensure the protection
of your data. By leveraging the resources and services Inceptus provides, organizations can strengthen
their cybersecurity defenses, protect sensitive information, and contribute to a safer digital environment.
Cybersecurity Awareness Month serves as a reminder to prioritize online safety and take proactive steps
to safeguard against cyber threats.
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