Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2021

Topics: Cyber Liability

Summary: In an age where cyberattacks are becoming more common, it’s important for both individuals and organizations to understand how to prevent a data breach. That’s the goal of Cybersecurity Awareness Month in October – to help everyone learn how to stay safe online.

Every October since 2004, Cybersecurity Awareness Month has been held, co-led by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA). This collaborative effort between government and industry is designed to ensure every American understands the importance of cybersecurity – and has the resources they need to stay safe and secure online. Now in its eighteenth year, Cybersecurity Awareness has continued to grow, reaching consumers, small and mid-sized businesses, large corporations, educational institutions and young people across the United States.

AmTrust has a vested interest in cybersecurity, internally for our employees and externally to help both our agents and insureds understand the risks of a data breach. Our cyber insurance provides coverage for certain losses incurred from a cyberattack, and we are committed to evolving our coverage as new cyber threats emerge.

Staying Safe Online during National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

The theme of Cybersecurity Awareness Month is “Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart." Everyone, from individuals to large organizations, must do their part to keep our interconnected world safe and resilient. This means implementing stronger security practices to help prevent an event like a data breach or cyber attack.

Cyberattacks continue to become more common, with big names like Citrix and Marriott Starwood succumbing to data breaches back in 2018. According to data from Statista, the majority of the 1,473 data breaches that occurred in the United States in 2019 involved businesses or medical and healthcare organizations.

In 2020, the coronavirus pandemic changed the way many businesses and families operate. To help flatten the curve and slow the spread of the virus, many companies allowed employees to work from their homes and children were attending school remotely. These moves have given cyber criminals even more opportunities to strike.

It’s more important than ever that people understand the importance of online safety in their homes and workplaces – wherever those workplaces may be. Let’s take a closer look at some of the ways Cybersecurity Awareness Month helps businesses, employees, families and students protect sensitive data with helpful information to keep in mind throughout the year.

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During October, each week focuses on different areas of cybersecurity, including:

Week 1: Be Cyber Smart

Cybercriminals target businesses using stolen passwords, logins and human error to access a business’s systems. From executives to new employees, everyone needs to be vigilant to keep customer and company data protected, either in the office or while traveling. Being cyber smart means taking simple actions to keep your business’s digital world secure and having a culture of diligent cybersecurity practices such as using multi-factor authentication and strong passwords .

Week 2: Phight the Phish!

A phishing attack uses email or malicious websites to infect your device with malware and viruses to collect personal and financial data. A phishing email may appear to come from someone you typically do business with. However, the email could contain format changes, an unrecognizable email address, poor grammar, syntax errors, broken links and directly asks for personal information such as account numbers, passwords, or Social Security numbers. Learn how to spot and report phishing attempts to prevent ransomware and other malware attacks.

Week 3: Explore. Experience. Share-Cybersecurity Career Awareness Week

Cybersecurity Career Awareness Week promotes awareness of cybersecurity careers. There is a high demand for a talented cybersecurity workforce. It is a fast-growing and dynamic field allowing workers in this industry to continue learning and developing new skills as the technology changes. A variety of resources and training programs are available that encourage people to enter the cybersecurity field.

Week 4: Cybersecurity First

A cybersecurity program protects your business’s networks, devices and data from unlawful access by cybercriminals. Communication, transportation, shopping and medicine are a few daily things that rely on the internet. Knowing how to protect the information stored on your computer systems, smartphones and computers are critical for both individuals and companies.

Cyber Insurance Coverage from AmTrustCyber

AmTrust Financial is dedicated to promoting a safer, more secure and more trusted internet. Our cyber insurance provides coverage for certain losses incurred as a result of a data breach, and we are committed to evolving our coverage as new cyber threats emerge for our customers. To learn more, please contact us today.

This material is for informational purposes only and is not legal or business advice. Neither AmTrust Financial Services, Inc. nor any of its subsidiaries or affiliates represents or warrants that the information contained herein is appropriate or suitable for any specific business or legal purpose. Readers seeking resolution of specific questions should consult their business and/or legal advisors. Coverages may vary by location. Contact your local RSM for more information.

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