Honoring National Cybersecurity Awareness Month: Four Ways to Get Cyber Smart


National Cybersecurity Awareness Month may be an initiative in the United States, but spreading awareness about the importance of cybersecurity spans the globe.

From neutralizing the threat of ransomware attacks to ensuring business continuity following a natural disaster, organizations around the world are hard-pressed to protect data and reduce the impacts of downtime.

Don’t get spooked by the threat of ransomware and the potential impacts of data loss and downtime – use these resources to take proactive steps to enhance cybersecurity and get cyber smart.

If you connect it, protect it

The threat of ransomware is real, with Cybersecurity Ventures predicting an attack every 11 seconds in 2021. Headlines scream daily about the most recent cyberattack and the resulting impacts. From data loss to ransom payments to loss of customer loyalty, ransomware attacks are wreaking havoc on any and all industries.

Though cyber criminals are showing no signs of slowing down, advancements in cybersecurity and disaster recovery technologies give organizations the power to fight back.

Check out Your Guide to a Ransomware-free Future to explore the evolving threat of ransomware, the technologies and IT management practices being used in defense, and a forward-looking approach to realizing a ransomware-free future.

Securing devices at home and work

While the push to work from home due to the global pandemic was initially a temporary mitigation strategy, many organizations are considering making remote work permanent.

But in the rush to stand up your remote workforce, did you have time to ensure your infrastructure had the proper security measures in place? Are teleworkers able to back up the data they produce on laptops to reduce the risk of data loss?

Millions of additional remote endpoints create new vulnerabilities for cybercriminals. Get insights on strategies to help IT professionals maintain data security and protection and how employees can work safely and securely from home despite increased vulnerabilities in the newest Arcserve guide, The Essential Work from Home Guide: How to Maintain Data Security with Remote Employees.

Securing internet-connected devices in healthcare

The healthcare industry is a vulnerable target for ransomware attacks. In an industry where data loss or downtime can result in literally life or death situations, ensuring healthcare organizations are protected is now more critical than ever.

Yet despite knowing the risks of IT downtime, the healthcare industry is slow to implement effective cybersecurity measures. Recent attacks on United Health Services (UHS), one of the largest healthcare providers in the United States, and on Düsseldorf University Hospital in Germany that may be linked to a patient death shed even more light on the criticality of protecting against ransomware attacks in healthcare.

Find out how to protect vital healthcare systems, and ensure patient data is where you need it, when you need it in the video, Cutting-Edge Data Protection for Cutting-Edge Care.

The future of connected devices

From smart homes to smart cities and connected cars to connected health, the Internet of Things is booming. The IoT market is due to reach 75 billion connected devices by 2025, up from 31 billion in 2020, according to Cisco.

As the world continues to generate more data, organizations must work harder to keep up with the evolution of ransomware, cloud innovation, and storage targets. With Cybersecurity Ventures estimating that the world will need to protect 200 zettabytes of data by 2025, it’s imperative that organizations are prepared to protect the next data explosion.

Exponential data growth means more room for innovation – but also cybercrime. See how the next data explosion impacts the security of your organization. Download the 2020 Data Attack Surface Report to learn more.

With so much uncertainty in the world, now is the perfect time to take a proactive approach to cybersecurity. Whether it’s National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, or any other day of the week, do your part and #BeCyberSmart.