October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Topics: Cyber Liability

National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) is held every October, 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.

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Staying Safe Online during National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

The theme of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month in 2019 is “Own IT. Secure IT. Protect IT.” The focus is on taking proactive steps to safeguard key areas that include individual privacy, consumer devices and e-commerce security. Cyberattacks continue to become more common, with big names like Citrix and Marriott Starwood succumbing to data breaches as recently as 2019. The good news is that the total number of breaches decreased by 23% in 2018 over 2017, however, according to the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC), the total number of exposed records jumped an astounding 126% year over year.

It’s more important than ever that people understand the importance of online safety in their homes and workplaces. Let’s take a closer look at some of the ways to protect sensitive data throughout the year.

Own IT.

People use the internet every day of their lives for work, school and entertainment. We are constantly connected, and while this improves quality of life in numerous ways, it also opens up the opportunity for potential cyber threats. It’s vital that individuals understand how to own their digital profiles and how to keep their information secure. This includes taking steps to update privacy settings, being careful about what is shared online, using strong passwords and multi-factor authentication (MFA) to access accounts and more.

Secure IT.

Hackers and cybercriminals are getting savvier when it comes to stealing sensitive information on both a small and large scale. They know how to trick users by sending legitimate-looking emails through phishing scams to request data like account numbers, social security numbers, usernames or passwords. Technology continues to evolve, so scammers’ methods will get more sophisticated as time goes by. Understanding how to recognize these phishing scams and applying additional layers of security to online accounts can help better protect important data.

Protect IT.

Unsecured information is far more likely to be exposed to a cybersecurity breach. Innovations in technology over the past few years have allowed us to stay connected to the world around us, manage our finances, make purchases online that are delivered to our doorsteps in a day or two, and also control our thermostats, televisions and cars right from our phones. These conveniences, unfortunately, can also increase the risk of identity theft and other online scams. Take extra steps to stay protected while using internet-connected devices, like frequently updating passwords and avoiding unsecured internet and Wi-Fi access.

Cyber Liability Insurance from AmTrust Financial

AmTrust Financial is an NCSAM Champion, dedicated to promoting a safer, more secure and more trusted internet. Our cyber liability 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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