National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) is the annual campaign sponsored by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA). October will feature programming that is meant to engage and educate the public about cybersecurity. It also offers an opportunity for people and businesses to learn about tools and resources needed to stay safe online. The overall goal, according to the Department of Homeland Security, which participates in NCSAM, is to “Increase the resiliency of the Nation in the event of a cyber incident.”
To this end, RSA, an NCSA Board Member Company, and EMC have teamed up to present an ingenious Workplace Security Risk Calculator. This test, which scores your organization’s cyber risk based on 12 questions, can open your eyes to potential risks. You could easily be compromising your company’s security without meaning to. Routine acts like using your work computer for personal emails or downloading music might make you vulnerable to hacking and malware.
Based on how your answer the questions, you’ll receive an instant Workplace Security Risk score. If your habits are like many others’, you may be exposing your organization to avoidable risk. Using USB drives, file sharing sites, checking personal email or playing games at work are bad for cyber security. The real pain of it is that almost all of these activities are either not necessary or prohibited by security policies. They shouldn’t be happening. This October, please try to be more aware of cyber security issues. And let’s try to make it a more secure year – starting now.