For the United States National Cyber Security Awareness Month is in its eleventh year. In Europe, the European Cyber Security Month (ECSM) joins the cause. Both campaigns focus on keeping our digital lives secure at home and work – from our personal transactions to critical infrastructure supporting our transportation, communications, and utilities.
We encourage you to STOP.THINK.CONNECT. Each of us can do our part to participate by seeking out new ways to improve online security and safety. Join the dialog. Check online for in person and virtual events in your city and industry.
Through 2013 and 2014 we’ve seen a huge increase in the volume of advanced malware such as botnets and Trojans attacking financial and retail transactions that has had a big impact on consumers. Let’s work together to be proactive and come up with new ways to prevent cybercriminals from gaining access to these transactions. That means thinking differently. Internal teams for IT, Security, and Loss Prevention must work together. Security needs to be a C-level priority. We need to think beyond regulatory compliance as “good enough”. And each of us at the consumer level needs to be proactive in adopting new solutions and technology to keep our transactions safe when we have that opportunity. Today too many companies and consumers are still relying on security technology from the 1990s. The cybercriminals are evolving. So should we.