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Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2021 and Protecting Critical Infrastructure

“Cyber threats can affect every American, every business regardless of size, and every community.” - Statement by President Joe Biden on Cybersecurity Awareness Month

The FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center reported an average of 4,000 cyberattacks a day since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, making the protection of critical infrastructure and digital assets more crucial than ever. And as high-profile cyberattacks against critical infrastructure organizations are on the rise, the government has ordered both the public and private sectors to take collaborative steps in strengthening the United States’ security posture. With Cybersecurity Awareness Month coming to an end, here are some more OPSWAT tips on how to #BeCyberSmart that can help protect your organization all year – no matter where you are located.

Secure File Uploads in Web Applications

Digitization of data and online access to facilitate modern business processes has led to a significant increase in the volume of daily file uploads. This, combined with multiple consumer access portals can create severe blind spots that threat actors can exploit to bypass cyber defenses. It's important to always learn trends, technologies, and best practices to protect your critical infrastructure from advanced malware, zero-day attacks, and data breaches. Download our Web Application Security Report 2021 and read our blog to learn more about the common blind spots in web application security and what you can do to avoid them.

Leverage Cloud Storage Security Checklists

When it comes to protecting enterprise data on a public cloud, most cloud service providers have adopted a “shared responsibility model,” which provides a framework to ensure security responsibilities are clearly defined between the cloud storage provider and the organization using the storage service. There is no reason that cybersecurity professionals can’t approach cloud storage security with the same vim and vigor of aviation professionals to ensure the security of its data – especially when they store Personally Identifiable Information of customers, partners, and their own company information. Implementing a cloud storage security checklist can help ensure that organizations are following best practices like server-side encryption, access logging, and least privilege, which has emerged as a guiding principle of Zero Trust security models. Read our blog to learn more about the value of public cloud storage security checklists.

Block Phishing Content

91% of cyberattacks begin with a spear-phishing email, and cybercriminals know how to leverage emotionally-driven tactics to trick targets into clicking on malicious links, files, and other content. While awareness comes with ongoing cyber education, there are also cybersecurity technologies organizations can use to block phishing content from entering an organization. OPSWAT’s Proactive DLP detects and automatically redacts sensitive and confidential data in files and emails—including credit card numbers, social security numbers, IPv4 addresses, CIDR (Classless Inter-Domain Routing), or any custom regular expressions. With the integration of OCR, Proactive DLP also helps to block phishing documents and flag personally identifiable information (PII) in images and non-searchable PDF files.

Never Stop Learning with OPSWAT Academy

Cyberattacks evolve every day with a growing threat landscape. Having the fundamental knowledge about cybersecurity and critical infrastructure protection will not only protect your organization but also help to train the future and existing workforce. Watch our Academy 3.0 launch event recording to learn more about the practical skills and business-tested practices in critical infrastructure environments.

For more tips and to learn more about how OPSWAT can protect your organization, contact one of our critical infrastructure cybersecurity experts.

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