October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month. So, what?

Learn best practices to keep your professional and personal life secure in the digital age.

Scott Solomon
Senior Manager, Product Marketing
October 19, 2022

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October 2022 marks the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency’s (CISA) 19th annual Cybersecurity Awareness Month. CISA created cybersecurity awareness month with the intent to educate and promote online safety. The organization is a key influencer in the security, privacy, and compliance spaces, using Cybersecurity Awareness Month as a driver to start or emphasize ongoing conversations about online security trends and best practices. 

In the month of October, the OneTrust Cybersecurity team will publish content around key themes: 

  • Digital Transformation and the Impact of the Evolving Digital Landscape
  • Educate, Empower, Enable: The Importance of Cybercentric Education
  • Put a Hold on Hacks: Fight the Phish and Other Common and Emerging Cyberthreats  
  • Trust Talks: Actioning Trust-Based Cybersecurity from Individual to Enterprise

Follow along as we explore each theme and enable you to use OneTrust’s platform to: action trust-based security, fight phishing attempts, prioritize cybercentric education, understand the impact of digital transformation, and integrate a holistic cybersecurity solution. 

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Cybersecurity tips and tricks 

To kick off cybersecurity month we’ve picked four of our favorite cybersecurity best practices from CISA’s cybersecurity awareness month toolkit to highlight:  

  • Shake up your password protocol and use multi-factor authentication (MFA).  According to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), using the longest possible password is best. Partner strong password safety with using MFA to double down on your security.   
  • Be aware of and report phishing.  Phishing is an attempt by hackers to pass as an internal or external information source that looks familiar to the receiver. Phishing attempts are endemic, and hackers continue to evolve their creativity when it comes to attacks. When you suspect a phishing attempt, don’t respond, report the phish, and delete the email from your inbox.  
  • Limit what information you post on social media.  CISA states to limit posting everything “…from personal addresses to where you like to grab coffee.” Additionally, CISA recommends “Keep[ing] Social Security numbers, account numbers, and passwords private, as well as specific information about yourself, such as your full name, address, birthday, and even vacation plans.” Furthermore, users can limit location services to help mitigate personal risk.  
  • Keep tabs on your apps.  Mobile devices, while convenient and nearly necessary to modern life, are accompanied by a breadth of risks. Stay up to date on app permissions to avoid compromising personal data. 

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Why Cybersecurity Awareness Month matters to OneTrust 

OneTrust’s commitment to trust begins and ends with privacy, security, and compliance. At OneTrust, we strive to not only comply and implement best practices but to stay one step ahead, pioneering the future of privacy and security as technology continues to evolve. 

Throughout October we’ll define what it means to do your part when contributing to cybersecurity in your professional and personal life. This can be done by implementing best practices and learning about topics ranging from emerging attack techniques, the evolving security landscape, and cybercentric education to action trust-based cybersecurity from the individual to the enterprise.

Learn more about OneTrust’s unique ability to keep your organization secure. Request a demo.

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