NCSAM Infographic. PHOTO: Cybercrime Magazine.

National Cybersecurity Awareness Month Infographic For CISOs

4 daunting challenges faced by IT and cybersecurity teams globally

Steve Morgan, Editor-in-Chief

Sausalito, Calif. – Oct. 1, 2020

National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) was launched by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in October 2004.

For 16 years NCSAM has been an incredibly effective campaign for raising awareness around cybercrime and cybersecurity.

In observance of this year’s NCSAM, Cybercrime Magazine is excited to share our official hand-drawn infographic for chief information security officers (CISOs) and IT security teams globally.

Our sponsor, ePlus, a  global technology integrator with a half-billion-dollar security practice, came up with the four big picture topics found in the artwork — Managed Detection and Response (MDR); Identity and Access Management (IAM); Secure Access Service Edge (SASE); and Secure Teleworker.

NCSAM 2020 Infographic

Talking points for CISOs and security leaders

Jason Nelson, client security principal at ePlus, recently joined us for a video interview to discuss 4 statistics that are sure to be important CISO talking points this month:

  • The average time to identify and contain a data breach is 280 days, according to IBM.
  • Gartner says that 40 percent of enterprises will adopt SASE (pronounced “sassy”) strategies by 2024.
  • Despite advances in Identity and Access Management (IAM) technology, Cybersecurity Ventures predicts the world still needs to cyber protect an estimated 100 billion human passwords and another 200 billion machine passwords in 2020.
  • 98 percent of people surveyed by the World Economic Forum said they would like the option to work remotely for the rest of their careers.

To the final point, and perhaps the most important right now having to do with the COVID-19 pandemic, Nelson advises CISOs to focus on their people. “Are people able to be successful? Are they able to be happier? Do they have a better quality of life being at home and still able to get the job done?

There is of course the crying baby and the barking dog, amongst other interferences, but this is the new normal. A huge new remote workforce is here to stay.

Cybercrime TV: ePlus’ Jason Nelson on NCSAM 2020

CISO challenges and solutions

During this October, ePlus shines a light on the importance of Security Awareness and aims to keep you CyberSmart. They’re focusing on four key areas where you can take proactive steps that, when implemented as part of a comprehensive program, can have a measurable and positive impact on your organization’s security posture:

  • Identity & Access Management (IAM) – Know who’s behind that false face? Anyone can throw on a mask and start causing trouble. Implementing strict controls around identity and access management will help you know exactly who’s accessing your data, how it is being used and when.
  • Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) – Cyber crooks are lurking just outside your door and waiting for an opportunity to steal your data. Rather than leaving the gate open for them, it might make sense to implement a system that provides coverage of every entry point. A SASE solution provides a central, cloud-based control point through which a web of interconnected paths is protected. 
  • Managed Detection and Response (MDR) – Sense something eerie going on but not sure? While it’s not possible to grow eyes in the back of your head and keep tabs on everything at once, it IS possible to implement tools to help keep watch. An MDR solution is the exact watchdog you need.
  • Secure Teleworker Solutions – Trusting trick-or-treaters to “take only one” is risky behavior. Extending security protocols to the front porch of every employee’s home is a smarter bet.  Securing the endpoints tapping into your network from multiple remote locations is a broad but important step to protecting your organization.

Cybercrime Magazine will be sharing additional NCSAM related community resources throughout October.

Steve Morgan is founder and Editor-in-Chief at Cybersecurity Ventures.

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