Cybersecurity Awareness Month
Held every October, Cybersecurity Awareness Month (CSAM) is a collaborative effort between government and industry to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity, and ensure all Americans have the resources they need to be safe and secure online.
Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2021 encourages all users to own their role in protecting connected devices: “Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart.”
- The average total cost of a data breach in 2020 was $3.86 million and took an average of 280 days to identify and contain. (IBM)
- The use of new breach techniques has boomed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, with 35% of breaches having leveraged new techniques in 2020. (Cynet)
- 88% of data breaches are caused by human error. (Tessian)
LMU is proud to be a champion and support this online safety and education initiative this October.
Previous Weeks Themes
Week 1: Own Your Role in Cybersecurity
As our lives have become increasingly dependent on technology, virtually all personal and business data is kept on internet-connected platforms, which can become a gold mine for bad actors. Own your role in cybersecurity by starting with the basics. Creating strong passwords and using multifactor authentication, backing up your data, and updating your software are great places to start. This is a great way to Do Your Part #BeCyberSmart!
Learn more about doing your part to protect the LMU community online.
- 61% of data breaches used compromised credentials. (Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report)
- 56% of IT leaders believe their employees have picked up bad cybersecurity behaviors since working from home. (Tessian)
- More than 99.9% of Microsoft enterprise accounts that get invaded by attackers didn’t use multi-factor authentication. (ZDNet)