We’re all familiar with Smokey the Bear and the “Only You Can Prevent Wildfires” slogan. In 2015, Smokey got an update and the new “Receive a Bear Hug” ads ran nationwide. In the ad, Smokey runs out of the woods and gives a big bearhug to a camper for properly checking camp fire embers. The new, more huggable version of Smokey rewards campers for making responsible decisions rather than scolding them to prevent wild fires. Fear and anxiety are not always the best motivators, and many people respond better to positive motivation through awareness activities.
October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. In 2003, it was created to ensure that Americans have the resources they need to stay safe and secure online. October is a great time for small and medium-sized manufacturers (SMMs) to educate employees about the vital role they play in protecting the business against cyber attacks while providing a positive cybersecurity message. A good way to do this is to create a Cybersecurity Incident Response Plan and communicate the critical role that each employee plays in preventing and responding to an incident.
A cybersecurity incident is defined as “an occurrence that actually or potentially jeopardizes the confidentiality, integrity, or availability of an information system or the information the system processes, stores, or transmits or that constitutes a violation or imminent threat of violation of security policies, security procedures, or acceptable use policies.” Examples include:
*Attempts from unauthorized sources to access systems or data.
*Unplanned disruption to a service or denial of a service.
*Unauthorized processing or storage of data.
*Unauthorized changes to system hardware, firmware, or software.