Held every October, National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) is a collaborative effort between the U.S. government and industry to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity and to ensure that all Americans have the resources they need to be safer and more secure online.  This year’s focus is on the responsibility of individuals as cybersecurity is everyone’s job.

Internet-enabled crimes and cyber intrusions are becoming increasingly sophisticated and preventing them requires each and every user of a connected device to be aware and on guard.

“It’s no longer enough to be on the lookout for something in your inbox that appears suspicious,” said 5NINES Cyber Security Specialist, Matt Frost. “As criminals have grown savvier and their efforts more targeted, individuals and organizations need to scrutinize messages and requests that appear legitimate.”

Some of the most common and damaging Internet-enabled crimes begin with an employee clicking a link in an email that appears to be from a colleague, following the instructions in a message that looks like it came from a supervisor, or opening an account link or invoice that seems to be from a trusted vendor.

These routine actions can be what exposes a computer or an entire network to a ransomware attack, data breach, or another crime,” said Frost. “As we mark National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, our hope is to focus attention on the efforts required to safeguard individual computers and accounts and secure and protect critical data and infrastructure.”


  1. Acquire cybersecurity expertise. If you don’t have a chief cybersecurity officer within your organization, plan on hiring cybersecurity services from a vendor specializing in compliance and mitigation.
  2. Implement Multi-Factor Authentication for all sensitive data (ie: banking, finance, email, 0365, etc.)
  3. Establish a follow-up phone call policy for two-factor authorization on financial or information requests made via email or chat means.
  4. Provide relevant cybersecurity training for all staff members. Cybersecurity is everyone’s job.
  5. Force company password changes every 90 days or less. Make complex passwords a requirement.
  6. Enforce account lockouts on multiple failed log-in attempts.
  7. Limit employee personal use of company computers especially downloading from the web or installing programs.
  8. Establish security demands into every device, contract, and components of your business and require your vendors to follow through accordingly.
  9. Consider cybersecurity as an opportunity to differentiate your business by prioritizing customer privacy and data protection.
  10. Join the Wisconsin Small Business Cybersecurity Initiative. Share the information with your clients, vendors and partners.

At 5NINES we are committed to educate and provide cybersecurity services for small and medium sized companies and the employees there in. As a founding member of the  Wisconsin Small Business Cybersecurity Initiative, we are committed to helping companies assess and harden their cyber environment.  Services include vulnerability assessments, mitigation and ongoing managed services.  Our team will evaluate your documentation, process, training and policy to identify weaknesses and high-risk areas in network, systems, media and physical assets. Customized solutions on how to mitigate vulnerabilities, fix architecture and add highly-trusted CheckPoint hardware will be explained during personal consultation with our specialist. Security expert will also maintain the security procedures and pursue evaluation of your IT needs. The plan is designed to satisfy your company budget and timeline accordingly.

To learn more about 5NINES Cybersecurity service visit our website at https://security.5nines.com