October marks the 16th annual National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM). This collaborative effort between government and industry has never been more relevant than now, serving as an important reminder to us all to not only be more conscious of cybersecurity threats, but how we as individuals and businesses can proactively mitigate cyberthreats.
The reality is that as soon as we get online, we’re putting our personal data at risk. The unfortunate truth is that, as users, we can seemingly do everything possible to keep our information safe, but if a website is attacked, our personal information is up for grabs. This doesn’t mean we should stop going online altogether, but instead arm ourselves with cybersecurity strategies.
The same guard that we have up in the real world needs to be applied to the digital world. If someone on the street offered us a designer purse or a watch for $10, we’d likely realize right away it’s fake and they’re trying to scam us. This same hesitation needs to be second nature for all of our digital actions as well.
If an email or a website asks for confidential information, such as a social security number, mother’s maiden name or credit card number, it’s best to not respond. Many times, the email or site could appear to be from a legitimate retailer or company that the person being targeted has an account with, but in reality it is a spoofed site.
Whenever a situation like this arises, always verify with the company first over the phone directly – do not take the initial email as a verified source. Just stopping and analyzing the situation, and erring on the side of caution can make a huge difference.
The truth is that we live in exhilarating, but dangerous times. When it comes to our digital work and personal lives, it’s important to be constantly aware of the cyberthreat landscape, which grows more sophisticated all the time – nearly one in four Americans experienced cybercrime in 2018 according to a Gallup poll.
The best form of defense is a strong offense, which public and private sector organizations can do by being proactive. This can include:
- Embedding security in every aspect of organizational strategy and activity. Think wider than just technology – security should be everyone’s responsibility, and fostering a culture of awareness and collaboration will go a long way to strengthening a company’s security posture.
- Planning and practicing attack response strategies. When the inevitable happens, acting fast and knowing what to do can help to shut down and mitigate the effects of a cyberattack.
- Staying ready for the unexpected. By constantly updating and adding new cyberthreat scenarios to your cyberdefense plan, you’ll be one step ahead of would-be hackers.
How WhiteHat Can Help
Modern organizations deploy a plethora of web applications, accessible from any location. These are an easy target for hackers, who can exploit them and gain access to back-end corporate databases.
WhiteHat provides complete web application security at a scale and accuracy unmatched in the industry. No matter how many websites or how often they change, we can concurrently scan an unlimited number of sites without slowing you down. Working “pit-crew style,” WhiteHat takes the perspective of the adversary to find weaknesses and help you remediate them before the bad guys can do damage.
The main benefits include:
- Complete Web Security at Scale – No matter how many websites or how often they change, WhiteHat solutions can scale to meet that demand.
- Always-On Risk Assessment – WhiteHat offers true continuous assessments, constantly scanning your websites as they evolve.
- Proactive Remediation – WhiteHat takes the perspective of the adversary, finding weaknesses and helping you remediate before the bad guys can do damage.
- Accuracy Unmatched in the Industry – WhiteHat’s Threat Research Center (TRC) validates every vulnerability, virtually eliminating false positives.
Each and every one of us needs to do our part to make sure that our online lives are kept safe and secure. That’s what NCSAM is all about!
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