FOSTER CITY, Calif. (10/15/13)--National Cyber Security Awareness Month marks its 10th anniversary in October. Despite considerable efforts to educate and change behavior over the past decade, consumers and software remain vulnerable to online threats (eWeek.com Oct. 8).
The annual cost of cybercrime in the U.S. is $11.56 million per company, up 26% from 2012, according to the 2013 Cost of Cybercrime Study. Each year, Ponemon Institute analyzes a cross-section of companies in several industries and evaluates the prevalence and costs of cybercrime attacks. Last year's projection of a leveling off in costs didn't materialize.
As more consumers bounce from laptop to phone to tablet, they are in an "always signed in" environment. Online security has never been more important, and experts continue to stress the basics.
In a Sept. 16 TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) talk, speaker James Lyne said if everyone followed basic online safety practices, security would be "massively improved" because most cybercrime attacks still play on preventable failures to protect personal data. Lyne offered six pointers for consumers:
Protecting yourself from cybercrime requires vigilance and common sense. For a list of free computer security checks for your computer, visit staysafeonline.or and type "security check ups" in the search box.
For more information, read "FBI: Cybercriminals Using Photo-Sharing Programs" in the Home & Family Finance Resource Center.