2021 has been a decisive year in cybersecurity . The pandemic continued to present new challenges as attackers took advantage of overstretched security teams to unleash new ransomware, malware, and human-operated nation-state attacks, such as those against Colonial Pipeline and JBS Food. With the shift toward hybrid and remote work , security professionals have found themselves with more endpoints to manage and protect. Meanwhile, threat actors are exploiting gaps wherever they can. Practicing basic cyber hygiene (applying security patches and updating software and applications) is a simple way to supercharge your organization.

October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month

This year, Cybersecurity Awareness Month will highlight the importance of cybersecurity education for everyone around the topic: Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart . With more workers using personal and corporate devices interchangeably, it's even more important to be cyber-aware. As new vulnerabilities emerge, security for everyone becomes even more integral to organizational success.

Safety for all starts with education

Employees continue to fall victim to phishing scams at alarmingly high rates. According to the 2020 Gone Phishing Report prepared in partnership with Terranova, it's not just smaller, low-resource organizations that are at risk. Large, well-equipped organizations have proven to be even more vulnerable.

Terranova graph showing the percentage of links clicked, passwords submitted, and clickers who submitted passwords.

Training and education remain a priority for security professionals and their organizations.

According to data from the SANS Security Awareness Report 2021, more than 75 percent of security awareness professionals spend less than half their time on security awareness, implying that awareness is often less than a full-fledged effort. During the pandemic, 32 percent of survey participants reported an increase in time spent educating and supporting users on security practices on an ad-hoc basis.

That's why Microsoft Security provides educational content to help organizations #BeCyberSmart and learn how to stay safe both at work and at home.

Find all the official courses and certifications available in our course catalog.

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