Every organization can utilize Cybersecurity Awareness Month to refresh their security awareness, and this year, were also launching a new, free app for the coding community!
In this most festive of annual occasions for cybersecurity professionals, National Cybersecurity Awareness Month is a time many companies utilize to reflect on, and appraise, the general security awareness heartbeat across the organization. And with 62% of business experiencing a phishing or social engineering attack in 2018 alone, the importance of ensuring every individual in the business -- whether in a security role or not -- has adequate cybersecurity awareness training cannot be overstated.
As an increasingly global event, the month represents a catch-all for discussing best practices, and the initiatives are deliberately surface-level. However, even organizations with robust security programs and in-house specialists can use this time to assess the more technical teams for what they need to become more security-aware in the context of their role.
For AppSec specialists, development team leads, and the more security-savvy members of the engineering cohort, it might feel a bit like being taught how to suck eggs, but it is these champions within the business that can push security and safety to new heights, company-wide.
This is a golden opportunity for the security team to extend something of an olive branch to the development team, perhaps in the form of inter-team activities and programs that can help developers feel more positive about security in the context of their work.
Some kick-off ideas include:
I'm a developer myself, and it has always been the case that we search for what we can share and use for free. It's a point of pride to make some freeware that might help others, and this month is a good time to reflect on our roots and look at what we can provide to the community.
To that end, we're pleased to announce our new, free app, Secure Code Bootcamp. This is a pocket secure coding companion for coders who want to challenge themselves, progressively boosting their security awareness anywhere, anytime.