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Why Every SMB Owner Needs to Circle October on Their Calendar

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Hey Business Leaders, October is All About Cybersecurity. Here's Why You Should Care.

You're driving your business forward, you've got a million things on your plate. But pause for a second. Do you know how secure your company's data is? If you're like most SMB owners, you're not 100% certain. And that's why October is a fantastic month for you!

October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month. It's not just another 'awareness' month, it's a wake-up call. Why? Because securing your business's data isn't just the job of IT guys. It's everyone's business. And yes, that includes you.

So, What's the Big Deal About Cybersecurity Awareness Month (CAM)?

In a nutshell, CAM is all about arming you and your team with the knowledge to protect your business against cyber threats. It started in the U.S., but now it's a global thing. The aim? Giving businesses the tools and resources to fend off cyber nasties.

For 20 years, CAM has been doing its thing. This year? They're highlighting four major keys for keeping your business safe:

  1. Multi-factor authentication

  2. Mighty strong passwords

  3. Software updates (Yep, those annoying things!)

  4. Spotting and reporting phishing scams

Let’s break it down, business leader style.

1. Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA)

Think of MFA as the bouncer outside your business's digital front door. Even if a hacker knows the password (or 'secret handshake'), they still can't get in. Microsoft says MFA blocks nearly all attempted hacks. That's some bouncer, right?

2. Strong Passwords & A Handy Password Manager

Passwords are like the keys to your company's castle. Make them strong and unique. Avoid those easy-to-guess ones like "123456" or "password." A password manager can be your trusty keyholder, so you don’t have to remember them all.

3. Regular Software Updates

Those update reminders that you keep ignoring? They're kinda like reminders to change your locks. Regularly updating software patches up any weak points, keeping hackers out.

4. Recognize and Report Phishing Scams

Hackers are sneaky. They'll try to trick your team with fake emails or messages. Train your team to spot these dodgy deals. And if someone does try to scam you? Make sure your team knows how to report it.

Feeling a Bit Overwhelmed? Let’s Chat!

This whole cybersecurity thing can feel daunting. But here's the deal: get the basics right, and you've already made your business much more secure.

If you're nodding but thinking, "I need some help with this," then we've got your back. Let’s set up a virtual intro to discuss how to armor up your business. Trust us; your future self will thank you.

Original content adapted with permission from The Technology Press.