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5 Oct, 2023

Information Security Brief - October 2023

Cyber Security Awareness Month

In 2004, the President of the United States and Congress declared October Cyber Security Awareness Month. Every person, industry, and company must be Cyber Security Aware, from Fortune 500 to a local coffee shop and Holiday Inn to Vegas MGM. [1] This year, the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency has identified four simple steps to stay safe online, both in and outside the office:

  • Use Strong Passwords and a Password Manager
    • Passwords are everywhere but are often created with convivence and ease of remembrance as primary. Focus on building long, random, and custom passwords. Don't be afraid to use the suggested password many browsers will offer and remember for you.
    • For more information on passwords and MFA, please see our BankOnIT July 2023 IT Security Brief.
  • Turn on Multifactor Authentication (MFA)
    • Many offer it, but few utilize it. When creating an account, especially one of importance like financial accounts, explore turning on MFA. Ask the provider when to enable it if they don't have it.
  • Recognize and Report Phishing
    • 74% of all breaches involved the human element. Reporting phishing attempts can be easy; clicking on them is even easier. Always be on the lookout. [2]
  • Update Software
    • BankOnIT has you covered for your systems in the office, but be sure not to ignore your many devices at home. Keeping software and systems up to date is an excellent level of defense to protect yourself.

Understanding these steps should be used and shared with those around you is essential. Ensure that you have a conversation with your coworkers about these items and everyone from your grandchildren/children to your parents/grandparents. Cyber Attackers are preying on those not informed of current threats and attempting to connect with victims at home to bring that attack into the office for more financial gain.

If you suspect phishing or malicious behavior, do not hesitate to call BankOnIT.


[1] Las Vegas MGM Cyber Attacks – Wall Street Journal

[2] 2023 Data Breach Investigations Report

[3] CISA Cybersecurity Awareness Month

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