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Importance of cybersecurity awareness never greater
This article is part of the Information Security issue of August 2020, Vol. 21, No. 3
The importance of cybersecurity awareness keeps growing, but what exactly does that mean? What does it mean, in 2020, to make employees aware of cybersecurity? Given the daily headlines about data breaches, stolen credentials and more, it's doubtful that any employees -- even those who spend a fraction of their workdays online -- do not already understand that their everyday actions contain the potential to create new vulnerabilities for their organization. But, even though weak passwords and phishing emails are among the most common access points for hackers, it's still not enough for aware employees merely to be conscientious about changing their access codes frequently or to take care not to click on suspicious emails. Threats are expanding, and so cybersecurity awareness must broaden, too, to be certain that employees are equipped to do all they must to keep their organizations secure. These expanded threats include modern hackers who take advantage of unsecure access management to tap into employees' privileged credentials ...
Features in this issue
Explore the winning tactics and tools CISOs and other cybersecurity leaders are employing in their programs to raise employee security awareness -- and consider how they might work for you.
As if protecting corporate systems and data wasn't hard enough, beware of another potential foe: those well-meaning but woefully uninformed staff members.
News in this issue
Security awareness is more essential than ever, but in a world of increasingly sophisticated threats, making it a reality requires more than set-it-and-forget-it training.
Columns in this issue
Cybersecurity duties have changed, with cloud and coding being essential knowledge now. But CISOs can still build their dream cybersecurity team through internal talent development.
Security must be part of IT from the start and then continue through the entire product lifecycle -- design, build, release and maintenance. Consumers now demand it.