Sera-Brynn Recognizes October as National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month as designated by Pres. Obama, highlighting the connected world we live in where the Internet touches virtually every aspect of daily life and cyber threats lurk in unexpected places.

Sera-Brynn, a global Cyber Risk Management firm, encourages businesses, families and individuals to protect themselves against the threats of cybercrime and data breaches.

The awareness month is part of President Obama’s effort to engage and educate the public on cybersecurity issues and increase the resiliency of the nation in the event of a cyber incident.

“Cybersecurity awareness month this year kick started on the same day of the rollout of the EMV-compliant cards designed to enhance consumer and merchant safety,” said Sera-Brynn CEO Rob Hegedus. “Given that a very large percentage of consumers and businesses who accept credit cards for payment still are not compliant, or even understand what EMV is, that coincidence underscores the importance of making the community, businesses and non-profits more cyber aware and secure. Throughout the month, look to Sera-Brynn for tips and reach out to us for recommendations, advice or comments.”

Today’s connected cyber world covers all aspects of life, from shopping, to credit and debit card use, to emails and social media, to healthcare and insurance, to kids who are away at college and even appliances that could be hacked.

Everyone should have general cybersecurity awareness and keep in mind the recognition that cybersecurity is a shared responsibility and to be safer online.

Creating a culture of cybersecurity at work is important because of the common threats to businesses and employees. Resources are available for businesses and employees to help them stay safer online and enhance their existing security plans.

Technology can no longer guarantee safety from data breaches, which is why Sera-Brynn focuses on strategies all organizations and businesses must employ to protect themselves and their reputations after the inevitable data breach. Specifically, compliance, insurance and response.

Also recognize that we live in a “smart world” with more of the devices we use – from phones and tablets to homes and medical devices – becoming connected to the Internet. That makes them vulnerable to being hacked. Recognize and understand the safeguards that need to be in place.

Sera-Brynn is also focused on building the next generation of cyber professionals, looking to the future of the cybersecurity workforce through education and awareness in schools at all levels. Later this month, Sera-Brynn Executive Vice President Heather Engel will be speaking at a cybersecurity symposium at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on the topic, “The Next Generation of Cybersecurity — Why Cybersecurity Will Help You Pay Off Your Loans No Matter What You’re Majoring In.”

About Sera-Brynn

Sera-Brynn is a global Cyber Risk Management firm dedicated to helping clients secure their computing environments and meet applicable mandatory industry and government compliance requirements. Technology can no longer guarantee safety from data breaches, which is why Sera-Brynn focuses on strategies all organizations and businesses must employ to protect themselves and their reputations after the inevitable data breach. Specifically, compliance, insurance and response.

Ranked number 16 in the Cybersecurity 500 hottest companies in the world, and number 1 in Virginia, Sera-Brynn is the only PCI QSA in North America directly partnered with a $6 billion financial institution. Sera-Brynn works closely with the insurance industry, legal offices nationwide, crisis management firms, financial institutions and law enforcement at all levels to provide the best possible protection. Sera-Brynn is the only cybersecurity firm able to offer and manage full cyber risk management services under one roof.

Sera-Brynn applies its holistic and all-inclusive approach to compliance, insurance and response with Fortune 1000 companies, hospital networks, retail establishments, government agencies, financial institutions, higher education, national non-profits, and international joint ventures.

Learn more about Sera-Brynn at www.sera-brynn.com, or connect @SeraBrynn.