October is National Cyber Security Month
Did you know that October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month? Here at The Knowledge Coop we take cyber security seriously, which is why Ken Perry has been traveling around the country talking about the insidious ways your information can be compromised and how to protect yourself, your company, and your customers.
Information Security: Everyone Is at Risk
We have seen giants such as Equifax, the IRS, and Gmail experience some form of a breach in 2017. If these companies with sophisticated security in place can still be infiltrated, how can we little guys protect ourselves? It’s a daunting topic that can be overwhelming and a little bit scary, but that’s why we’re here to help.
This week’s challenge is to learn about resources you have available to ensure you have the knowledge to protect your information, and your client’s information to the best of your ability.
Three Places to Learn About Cyber Security Measures You Can Implement
- Department of Homeland Security- The DHS has a robust section on their website dedicated to fighting cyber-crime. You can also sign up for updates, print out tip sheets to provide to people in your office, and receive real time updates when new breaches are discovered.
- FFIEC-The Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council has spearheaded initiatives to help financial institutions raise awareness of cyber security. They provide an assessment toolkit that helps you take a look at the protocol in place in your organization and mitigate the risks.
- OpenLearn- The Open University based in the UK is a world leader in distance education. They have a number of courses available at no charge, with no strings attached. They have a beginner’s course in cyber security that will help make you an expert in protecting yourself.