Cybersecurity Awareness Month highlights the importance of online safety and privacy in an increasingly connected world.

BUI is proud to announce its commitment to Cybersecurity Awareness Month, held annually in October, by signing up as a Champion organisation and joining a growing global effort to promote awareness of online safety and privacy.

This year, Champion organisations include technology companies Cisco, Kaspersky, McAfee, and Palo Alto Networks, as well as industry heavyweights like General Motors.

The Cybersecurity Awareness Month Champion programme is a collaborative effort among businesses, government agencies, tertiary education institutions, associations, and non-profit organisations and individuals committed to the 2020 Cybersecurity Awareness Month theme of “Do Your Part – #BeCyberSmart”. The programme aims to empower individuals and organisations to own their role in protecting their part of cyberspace.

The overarching message of this year’s theme – “If You Connect It, Protect It” – dives into the importance of keeping connected devices safe and secure from outside influence.

More than ever before, connected devices have been woven into society as an integral part of how people communicate and access services essential to their well-being. Data collected from these devices can detail highly specific information about a person or business which can be exploited by threat actors for their personal gain. Cybersecurity Awareness Month aims to shed light on these security vulnerabilities, while offering guidance around simple security measures to limit the risks for commonly used devices like smartphones, tablets, and laptops.

This year, Cybersecurity Awareness Month will feature four main focus areas:

  • General security hygiene for connected devices and home networks
  • The importance of device security, especially for remote workers
  • How connected devices play a pivotal role in the future of healthcare
  • The overall future of connected devices for consumers

If everybody does their part – by implementing stronger security practices, raising community awareness, educating vulnerable audiences, and training employees – then our interconnected world will be safer and more resilient for everyone.

Cybersecurity Awareness Month continues to build momentum and impact with the ultimate goal of providing everyone with the information they need to stay safer and more secure online. The initiative, which is led by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency (CISA) of the United States Department of Homeland Security, is in its 17th year.

Visit staysafeonline.org for more information about Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2020, and follow BUI on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter for daily cybersecurity resources! Throughout October, we will be sharing tips to help you and your teams be safer and more secure online.

Wondering how to cultivate cybersecurity awareness in your organisation?

Join our own Wayne Nel and Cyber Risk Aware CEO Stephen Burke for an exclusive live webinar on Thursday 15 October 2020.

Creating Your Human Firewall will show you how to transform your employees into cyber defenders. Reserve your seat!

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