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August 2020, Vol. 21, No. 3

Importance of cybersecurity awareness never greater

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 ...

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