How Mass Notification Can Help During National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

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National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) in the United States. Put on by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), the goal is to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity to ensure that everyone has the resources they need to be safer and more secure online. This year’s theme is “Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart.” This theme encourages individuals and organizations to own their role in protecting their part of cyberspace, stressing personal accountability, and the importance of taking proactive steps to enhance cybersecurity.

Throughout October, CISA and NCSA will focus on four key areas to help organizations enhance their cybersecurity practices:

  • Week of October 5 (Week 1): If You Connect It, Protect It
  • Week of October 12 (Week 2): Securing Devices at Home and Work
  • Week of October 19 (Week 3): Securing Internet-Connected Devices in Healthcare
  • Week of October 26 (Week 4): The Future of Connected Devices

Keeping your organization safe from cybersecurity threats requires planning, education, training, and tools that protect assets should they come under attack. Organizations also need to know if an attack is taking place, which is why tools like mass notification can be helpful during times of crisis.

Using Mass Notification for Cybersecurity

A mass notification system offers several benefits should your organization experience a cybersecurity attack. The biggest benefit is offering organizations a way to reach their people outside of the devices and methods that may have been compromised or shut down due to an attack. Should those tools become inoperable, it would be difficult to communicate critical messages, disrupting operations, and further threatening business continuity. Mass notification systems using the cloud would be hosted remotely, making them safe to use to help inform people about the current situation.

The primary communication method would be using a mobile device to send and receive alerts. Mass notification systems that leverage the cloud can send mass SMS text messages, emails, push notifications, and recorded audio messages. Organization leaders can trigger notifications from a mobile device app, so no matter where they are or what is happening, they can still directly communicate with their people. Using multiple communication methods makes it more likely that people will see a message in a timely manner so they can take the appropriate actions.

Some mass notification systems offer instant collaboration tools that help organizations manage emergency situations like cybersecurity attacks. When a notification is distributed it can also invite recipients to join a virtual space via Cisco Webex Teams or Microsoft Teams. This helps bring key people together quickly so they can assess the situation and determine next steps. This helps maintain business continuity by having the means to develop and execute a plan, provide instructions, and prevent overlong idle times among employees while the situation is being resolved.

Consider downloading our mass notification system buyer’s guide to better understand how you can enhance safety, communication, and cybersecurity in your organization.

 

 

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