The Application Security Leader Supports This Year’s Initiative That Highlights the Growing Importance of Cybersecurity and Encouraging Individuals and Organizations to Take Necessary Measures to Stay Safe and Secure in an Increasingly Connected World
Contrast Security, the leader in next-gen software security, announced its commitment to Cybersecurity Awareness Month, held annually in October, by signing up as a 2021 Champion and joining a growing global effort to promote the awareness of online safety and privacy. The Cybersecurity Awareness Month Champions Program is a collaborative effort among businesses, government agencies, colleges and universities, associations, nonprofit organizations, and individuals committed to the Cybersecurity Awareness Month theme of “Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart.”
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“Now is the time for transformational change when it comes to cybersecurity. With the growing volume of high-profile software attacks like SolarWinds, Kaseya, and Atlassian, organizations need to make bold changes and significant investments when it comes to safety and security online,” said David Lindner, Chief Information Security Officer at Contrast Security. “I’m proud of Contrast’s commitment to making information security (InfoSec) and privacy a top priority both internally and externally. By joining this global initiative, and the Champions Program, we hope to help raise awareness and encourage other organizations to do their part in making our world more secure.”
More than ever before, technology plays a part in almost everything we do. Connected devices have been woven into society as an integral part of how people communicate and access services essential to their well-being. Despite these great advances in technology and the conveniences this provides, recent events have shown us how quickly our lives and businesses can be disrupted when cyber criminals and adversaries use technology to do harm. Cybersecurity Awareness Month aims to shed light on these security vulnerabilities, while offering actionable guidance surrounding behaviors anyone can take to protect themselves and their organizations. Everyone has a responsibility to do their part in securing our interconnected world.
This year, the Cybersecurity Awareness Month’s main weekly focus areas will revolve around:
- Understanding and implementing basic cyber hygiene, including the importance of strong passphrases, using multi-factor authentication, performing software updates, and backing up data.
- Recognizing and reporting phishing attempts whether it’s through email, text messages, or chat boxes.
- Empowering individuals to not only practice safe online behavior, but consider joining the mission of securing our online world by considering a career in cybersecurity!
- Making cybersecurity a priority in business by making products and processes “secure by design” and considering cybersecurity when purchasing new internet-connected devices.
If everyone does their part—implementing stronger security practices, raising community awareness, educating vulnerable audiences, or training employees—our interconnected world will be safer and more resilient for everyone.
“At Contrast we will be doing our part internally by announcing a key theme each week in October,” said Lindner. “Through different internal activities, we are encouraging our employees to be cyber smart, fight the phish, and put cybersecurity first. We will also be putting a spotlight on cybersecurity career awareness week.”
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