Did you know that October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month?

This month has been designated to bring awareness to the cyber threats that we all face. When we think of October, we often think of cooler temperatures, leaves changing, football, pumpkin spiced lattes, and Halloween – or “spooky season.”

We’re all familiar with the tradition of trick-or-treating. Children dress up in costumes, go door to door to their neighbors, and ask “trick or treat.” It’s a fun day for the family and neighborhood alike. Unfortunately, criminals are constantly trying to trick us in today’s world, and there is never a treat involved. Every time we open up an email from an unknown sender or click a link without researching who sent it, we open ourselves up to being tricked. These criminals dress their messages up in costumes, disguised as our coworker’s family and friends, in an attempt to gain access to our personal information.

Cybercriminals don’t select one night a year to look for treats. The reality is that cybercriminals work 365 days a year, and we can’t forget about the dangers once the calendar turns to November. Now is the perfect time to evaluate your current cybersecurity measures, plan for and budget a more secure approach moving forward.

To help protect your information, our secure Data Room at Wilke & Associates, CPAs, employs biometric multi-factor authentication.

By Jason J. Humienny

Jason is a Consulting Manager at Wilke & Associates. He is passionate about cybersecurity, small business development, and software implementation.