Building on annual success Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2022 is set to highlight the growing importance of cybersecurity in our daily lives and look to empower everyday individuals and business to take cybersecurity steps by making cyber more accessible
Fortalice Solutions is proud to announce it has signed on as Champion for Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2022. Founded in 2004, Cybersecurity Awareness Month, held each October, is the world’s foremost initiative aimed at promoting cybersecurity awareness and best practices. The Cybersecurity Awareness Month Champions Program is a collaborative effort among businesses, government agencies, colleges and universities, associations, nonprofit organizations, and individuals committed to educating others on online safety.
At Fortalice Solutions, we believe preparation is the best strategy to protect organizations from cyber threats and crime. We transform a reactive security model into a proactive, results-based model of protection. Fortalice Solutions, led by the first woman to serve as White House Chief Information Officer, Theresa Payton, is comprised of passionate practitioners who provide organizations with clarity of priority, approach, and security design.
“Fortalice is proud to serve as a Champion for National Cybersecurity Awareness Month this year. It’s an important event and one that we, as an organization, feel so strongly about,” said Theresa Payton, Founder and CEO of Fortalice Solutions. Here at Fortalice, every month is Cybersecurity Month, but we understand that sometimes it takes a dedicated month of extra vigilance, conversations, and focus to elevate everyone's ability to fight the bad guys and that’s why October is so important. We are in this together.”
From mobile to connected home devices, technology is becoming more intertwined with our lives every day. And while the evolution of technology is moving at the speed of sound, cybercriminals are working just as hard to find ways to compromise technology and disrupt personal and business life. Cybersecurity Awareness Month aims to highlight some of the emerging challenges that exist in the world of cybersecurity today and provide straightforward actionable guidance that anyone can follow to create a safe and secure digital world for themselves and their loved ones.
This year, the Cybersecurity Awareness Month’s main focal areas revolve around four key fundamental cybersecurity best practices:
- Recognizing and reporting phishing – still one of the primary threat actions used by cybercriminals today.
- Understanding the benefits of using a password manager and dispelling existing myths around password manager security and ease of use.
- Enabling multi-factor authentication on personal devices and business networks.
- Installing updates on a regular basis and turning on automated updates.
Now in its 19th year, Cybersecurity Awareness Month continues to build momentum and impact with the goal of providing everyone with the information they need to stay safer and more secure online. Fortalice is proud to support this far-reaching online safety awareness and education initiative which is co-led by the National Cyber Security Alliance and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency (CISA) of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
For more information about Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2022 and how to participate in a wide variety of activities, visit staysafeonline.org/cybersecurity-awareness-month/. You can also follow and use the official hashtag #BeCyberSmart on social media throughout the month.
During the course of our investigative work, Fortalice has observed an increasing and alarming trend: personal email compromise is leading to business email compromise. Threat actors will leverage weaknesses regarding executives’ or board members’ personal cybersecurity hygiene to gain access to their business accounts. Extortion also remains a top cybersecurity threat, with organized criminals overseas routinely targeting corporations and the people who support them.
Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) was shuttered early this month and had its deposits seized in the largest U.S. bank failure since the 2008 financial crisis. Although it may seem like SVB’s collapse will only impact its direct customers and depositors, it is far more complicated. Like vultures to roadkill, cyber scammers often wait to exploit and target victims after tragedy strikes, or bad news arises. A perfect storm of stress, uncertainty, and urgency for customers and vendors alike during this time can impair someone’s judgement when they click links and open emails they otherwise would ignore or delete. Fortalice has outlined a few different ways cybercriminals social engineer their victims during times of extreme distress and insecurity.