Because your customers rely on you to know the latest and greatest in security trends and tools, it’s important to keep your tools sharp.

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In its Cybercrime and the Internet of Threats 2019 report, Juniper Research predicts that the annual cost of data breaches worldwide will reach over $5 trillion by 2024, with North America leading the way. This amount covers both the direct and indirect cost of breaches, including hardware replacement, additional staff, abnormal churn and company de-valuation due to reputational damage.

Juniper Research goes on to say that:

“Cybercrime is now a fully established threat to corporations and consumers that increases year-on-year. This is largely due to the increasingly Internet-connected manner in which we run our businesses and lives.”

This is precisely the theme of this year’s National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM).

Observe National Cybersecurity Awareness Month this October

NCSAM is a collaboration between government and industry to ensure everyone has the resources needed to stay safe and secure online, while increasing the nation’s resilience against cyberthreats.

Held annually in October, this year’s NCSAM theme is “Own IT. Secure IT. Protect IT.” In other words, everyone plays a role in online safety, whether it’s your child at home with their connected tablet or your customer’s global security infrastructure.

Because your customers rely on you to know the latest and greatest in security trends and tools, it’s important to keep your tools sharp. Here are some tips to pass along to your customers—and resources you can add to your security toolbox for you.

Top 7 NCSAM Cybersecurity Tips for Your Customers

NSCAM offers these tips for keeping your customers and their families (yours, too!) safe and secure. Cut and paste them into an email to customers or visit National Cyber Security Awareness 2019 for more detailed information.

  1. Enable multi-factor authentication (MFA) for email, banking, social media, and any other service that requires logging in.

  2. Use the longest password possible and customize them for different sites—or use password managers to generate unique passwords.

  3. Have the latest security software, web browser and operating systems installed on connected devices—or use automatic updates to stay protected.

  4. Do not respond to or click on any links or attachments in emails from unknown senders, and use “junk” or “block” options to no longer receive messages from them.

  5. Limit personal and private information posted on social media—and never share Social Security numbers, account numbers, passwords or any identifying information.

  6. Download apps only from trusted vendors, use the “rule of least privilege” for app permissions, and delete unneeded apps.

  7. Confirm the network name and login procedures with appropriate staff and avoid activities that require passwords or credit cards BEFORE connecting to a public wireless hotspot.

Continually Add Resources to Your Security Toolbox

Your customers rely on you as a trusted security advisor to protect their company against cyber-attacks. To help you keep up with the ever-evolving threat landscape, Tech Data offers a holistic approach to cybersecurity to help set our partners up for success.

By adding our industry experts, extensive vendor portfolio, and security-related and reseller enablement services to your toolbox, you will enhance your security practice and build deeper relationships with customers seeking the most complete security solutions.

Learn more about our security practice at

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