Do You See Yourself in Cyber?

There’s more than ghosts and goblins to be on the lookout for in October. Phishers, hackers, and other nefarious characters are on the prowl – every day – trying to infiltrate your digital footprint.

October is also Cybersecurity Awareness Month and we’re shining the spotlight on the dark corners and shadows of cybercrime. It’s a time to explore how we as individuals – both as consumers and employees – can better protect ourselves.

Decisions we make at home, school, or work can keep us safe or put us at risk. It’s imperative to be aware of cybersecurity and know that threats can come from anywhere.

Cybersecurity by the Numbers

Some only think about cybersecurity during periodic training at work or when a massive breach trends on social media. But being aware of the potential risks and what’s new in security should be important to us all throughout the year. Consider this:

The cost of cybercrime is astronomical; by 2025, it’s predicted that cybercrime costs will hit $10.5 trillion.1 And the time it takes for security teams to identify and contain a breach now averages 41 weeks (287 days).2 If you’ve been phished, you’re not alone as phishing is involved in 36% of data breaches.3 Ransomware is on a rapid rise. In 2021, it was estimated that a business suffered a ransomware attack every 11 seconds. By 2031, it’s forecasted a consumer or business will be attacked every two seconds.4 How seriously do businesses take cybercrime? The first business to

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