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2020 National Cybersecurity Awareness Month at SBS


Quick Links: If You Connect It, Protect It  |  Securing Devices and Home and Work  |  Securing Internet-Connected Devices in Healthcare


Now in its 17th year, National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) continues to build momentum and impact with the ultimate goal of providing all Americans with the information they need to stay safer and more secure online. We are proud to support this far-reaching online safety awareness and education initiative which is co-led by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) and the  Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency (CISA) of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security

As an NCSAM Champion, SBS will be sharing a variety of cybersecurity downloads, blog posts, and tips. Be sure to follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter, and join our mailing list so you don't miss any updates!


Virtual Conference: CyberRiskNOW - Security Awareness and Training Edition

Description: This virtual conference is designed to provide interactive training on evolving cybersecurity threats and training your people to ensure the security of the organization, customer information, and people. CyberRiskNOW: SAT Edition will cover the numerous groups of people that should receive Security Awareness and Training, some of the best areas to train on, and some of the tactical ways to train your people. CRN - SAT will cover training your employees, your SMEs, customers, and Directors/Senior Management, as well as evolving cybersecurity controls in the cloud and top controls to mitigate risk.

Not only will this virtual conference include live video from our presenters, but you’ll be able to interact with other attendees and with event moderators through our Virtual Lobby, as well as share information, best-practices, and tools you’re using at your organization. 

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Week 1: If You Connect It, Protect It.

The line between our online and offline lives is indistinguishable. This network of connections creates both opportunities and challenges for individuals and organizations across the globe. The first week of Cybersecurity Awareness Month will highlight the ways in which internet-connected devices have impacted our lives and will empower all users to own their role in security by taking steps to reduce their risks. 


SBS Resources:

  • {Download} You are a Technology Company: As your organization is reviewing its strategic plans, take a moment to evaluate the use of technology as a core component of your business. If most of you are being honest with yourselves you will realize that your organization has shifted from performing a service for a customer and using technology to make that service more convenient to truly operating as a technology company that offers your customer a specific service. This guide outlines three steps you can take to shift your thinking when it comes to viewing your organization as a technology company. 
  • {Blog} Top 5 Most Common Incident Response Scenarios: Whether it is phishing, malicious network scanning, or ransomware, cyber incidents can be overwhelming experiences. To help you be more prepared, let's discuss the five most common Incident Response scenarios, as well as how to Protect, Detect, and Respond to each one.
  • {Blog} Six Controls to Dramatically Reduce Cyber Risk of Incidents: Get the answer to one of our most asked questions: "What is your single biggest suggestion for everyone to better prepare for a cybersecurity issue/incident?"
  • {Blog} 7 Steps to Building an Incident Response Playbook: Walk through the 7 steps to creating an Incident Response Playbook tailored to your organization. A playbook allows you to document ways to mitigate the most risk regarding the riskiest Incident Response threats to your organization. Identifying relevant threats that could be extremely impactful to your network and creating walkthrough scenarios on how to counteract those threats helps your Business Continuity and Incident Response teams focus on what needs to be addressed first.
  • {Podcast} How to Make Better Cybersecurity Decisions: Jon Waldman, President of SBS Institute, joined Ravi Das as a guest on the Biometric News podcast, a show that discusses the social implications of various security technologies. Jon shared some insight that everyone should know on how to make better cybersecurity decisions.


Week 2: Securing Devices at Home and Work

2020 saw a major disruption in the way many work, learn, and socialize online. Our homes are more connected than ever. Our businesses are more connected than ever. With more people now working from home, these two internet-connected environments are colliding on a scale we’ve never seen before, introducing a whole new set of potential vulnerabilities that users must be conscious of. Week 2 of Cybersecurity Awareness Month will focus on steps users and organizations can take to protect internet-connected devices for both personal and professional use. 


SBS Resources:

  • {Service} Remote Work Security Assessment: ​Working with SBS to review your remote work program will provide you with the expertise, insight, tools, and resources you need to evaluate the risks and controls related to your people, processes, and technology. The Remote Work Security Assessment reviews both the corporate environment, as well as home network requirements.
  • {Blog} Should I Test Employee Security Awareness?: The goal of Security Awareness Training should be similar to coaching T-ball. As IS professionals, we should understand that the audience is not full of security experts, and we need to provide basic knowledge and appropriate action to take when faced with an incident, and we also need to repeatedly test the effectiveness of the training program. Unlike T-ball, however, we need to keep score; not to shame an employee but to measure our coaching.
  • {Blog} Mitigating the Cybersecurity Risk of Remote Work: Today, an unprecedented percentage of the workforce is working remotely in an attempt to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in communities across the country. One question everyone should be asking is how to ensure business continues as usual – but in as secure a way as possible. 
  • {Download} Password Tips: It’s important to create strong, complex passwords for your systems. That’s why we’ve put together these best methods for stronger passwords to help you train your employees. Keep in mind, though, that based on the risk of each system, these standards may fluctuate.


 Week 3: Securing Internet-Connected Devices in Healthcare

The healthcare industry is increasingly relying upon internet-connected devices and solutions to improve patient care, organizational efficiency, speed of crisis response, and much more. The emergence of telemedicine, digital health records, internet-connected medical devices, patient wellness apps, and an increasing amount of third parties entering the health supply chain has created many benefits, but has also exposed the industry to vulnerabilities that cyber criminals regularly attempt to exploit. The third week of Cybersecurity Awareness Month will delve into the industry (hospitals, care facilities) and consumer (telemedicine patients) implications of internet-connected device use and what steps both can take own their part and #BeCyberSmart.


SBS Resources:

  • {Blog} Security Patch Overload: The endless cycle of patching may leave many asking themselves, Why? Is there a better way? How can we improve this process? A modern patch management program should address the following topics,
  • {Blog} Choosing a Managed Service Provider: As the cost of technology and cloud computing have decreased in contrast with the cost of hiring talented technology professionals, more organizations are looking at outsourcing the management of their IT infrastructure today than ever before. However, like any big decision, outsourcing the management of your network to a Managed Services Provider (MSP) should not be made quickly or without careful consideration.
  • {Blog} How to Mature Your Disaster Recovery Testing Plan: A challenge many organizations face is understanding if and how they would recover from a disaster or malware event that takes down the production IT infrastructure or datacenter. In today’s workplace, nearly every organization is heavily reliant on IT and may not be able to conduct business without it. Here are some guidelines to help plan, prepare, and test for the unforeseen disaster.
  • {Blog} Cyber Hygiene: Improving Health and Online Security: Cyber hygiene is a necessary component for your organization’s security and the overall health of your digital environment. Failing to fully consider the risks will open any organization to financial and reputational damage. 
  • {Service} Vulnerability Assessment: Stay one step ahead of a cybercriminal by identifying and investigating weaknesses in your network before they do. A Vulnerability Assessment is a proactive approach to identifying shortcomings and arming your organization with information to fortify your systems. 
  • Incident Response Assistance: If your organization needs immediate assistance with an active incident or security breach situation, call 605-923-8722 to speak to our Incident Response Team

Hacker Hour webinars are a series of free webinars hosted by SBS CyberSecurity. Unlike paid webinars, Hacker Hours are aimed to meet on a monthly basis to discuss cybersecurity issues and trends in an open format. Attendees are encouraged to join the conversation and get their questions answered. SBS will also offer products and services to help financial institutions with these specific issues.

Posted: Monday, October 5, 2020
Categories: Blog