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Cybersecurity Awareness Month: Quick Tips to Secure and Manage Critical Data

October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month. This year’s theme, “See Yourself in Cyber,” emphasizes the human aspect of cybersecurity. Of course, there isn’t one solution to stop all cyberattacks but there are plenty of experts looking at the wide range of issues surrounding the matter.

Jeff Sizemore, chief governance officer at Egnyte, shared his insights on what organizations can do to bolster their defenses - both from an employee education and awareness perspective and a technology perspective.


“In today’s hybrid work environment, companies across business disciplines and industries are navigating increased cyberattacks and rapidly-evolving data privacy regulations amid explosions in data volume and usage. Unfortunately, many organizational stakeholders do not understand how to properly secure and manage their mission-critical data.

This Cybersecurity Awareness Month and beyond, organizations should take proactive steps to enhance cybersecurity, such as updating incident response plans, prioritizing company-wide cybersecurity awareness training, and limiting access to critical data on a ‘business need to know’ basis. It’s time that cybersecurity is no longer considered to be an optional budget line-item. Cybersecurity is not just something that highly regulated industries or critical infrastructure need to be concerned with; today’s environment has made this a necessity for all organizations, no matter the size or tenure. By further educating employees and executive management on the importance of data security and governance, companies can be better protected against potential threats like ransomware.

Finally, organizations should put technology on their side to provide a single source of truth for all structured and unstructured data. Not only does this enable secure file collaboration, but it allows companies to better understand where their data lives, how it’s used, and who has access to it.”



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