This October, Thomas & Company joined the Department of Homeland Security to raise cybersecurity awareness across the nation during National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM).
The overarching theme for NCSAM was Cybersecurity is Our Shared Responsibility and We All Must Work Together to Improve our Nation’s Cybersecurity. Cybersecurity is not just the responsibility of governments, companies, groups, or individuals. Everyone shares the responsibility for cybersecurity – from the average smart-phone user to a corporate CEO.
- Introduced TechGaurd Security as our new security awareness training platform to provide T&C associates with the necessary training and resources to further protect against cybercrime. Founded to address national cyber defense initiatives, TechGuard Security offers a robust library of security training curriculum which allows our team to perform more frequent security learning to keep security top of mind. TechGuard was utilized out of the gate to facilitate a number of security awareness simulations and compliance tests for T&C associates.
- Featured best practices and tips to protect both the company and individuals against common cyber-crime tactics and scams in the T&C newsletter and via digital signage throughout the break rooms in our offices.
- Hosted an all-hands, company-wide assembly to welcome Matt Dunn, retired FBI Special Agent and Supervisor of the Cyber Crimes/Counterintelligence Squad in the FBI’s Nashville Resident Agency to educate T&C with his experience.
- Arranged some friendly competition between teams and departments to test our knowledge and awareness based on the events and initiatives from NCSAM 2018.
THE T&C COMMITMENT TO CYBERSECURITY
We are proud to serve as an extension of our clients’ HR, Payroll, and Tax teams and are responsible for protecting employee data as if it were our own. Organizational security is one of the most critical controls we have in place as part of our overall security program. All T&C associates receive security, privacy and compliance training from the moment they start and complete continuing education including exercises such as these conducted as part of NCSAM.
CYBERSECURITY EDUCATION IN ACTION
During the month of October, Thomas & Company conducted an unannounced cybersecurity evaluation aimed to help determine our level of organizational cybersecurity awareness, and action. Using traditional evaluation methods, along with internal “cyber-crime” simulations we were able to identify those Thomas & Company staff members most vigilant and proactive regarding cybersecurity.
It is worth noting that overall Thomas & Company’s employee cybersecurity awareness statistics were extremely high compared to similar organizations.