Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2021 kicks off at perhaps the most challenging time in the history of cybersecurity.  In a world in which virtually all personal and business data is kept on internet-connected platforms, our dependence has only grown over the last year, with the coronavirus pandemic rapidly accelerating digital transformation.

No matter where you live or work, your information is vulnerable to cyber-attacks.

The good news- we can all do something about it, by being aware of threats and protecting ourselves against them. That’s what this month is all about, raising awareness and sharing helpful information to keep your business safe.

You don’t have to be a cybersecurity pro to do your part to protect sensitive digital information. You just must “be cyber smart,” as the theme for the opening week of Cybersecurity Awareness Month suggests.

One of the cybersecurity best practices NCSA cites is using multi-factor authentication (MFA) to protect access to information online and it has become especially important now that so many people are working from home or other places outside the traditional corporate security perimeter.

MFA is a critical piece of cybersecurity for every kind of organization, from large enterprises securing a work-from-anywhere workforce, to consumer companies that have been entrusted with their customers’ personal data, credit card information and other sensitive material.

The US Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency has also recognized MFA’s importance, recently adding single-factor authentication—which requires only one factor of authentication, such as a password—to its list of bad cybersecurity practices.

Unfortunately, many organizations are still only using passwords to secure their virtual private networks (VPNs), creating what could be a major vulnerability.

What steps has your organization taken to secure your network? For more tips and cybersecurity information, find B Suite, your experts in cybersecurity online: