New Year, Stronger Cybersecurity: Kickstarting Your 2024 Cyber Strategy

Happy New Year! As we welcome 2024 with open arms, it’s the perfect time to reflect on our digital habits and set strong cybersecurity resolutions. Whether you’re a small business owner, part of a local government team, or an individual passionate about digital safety, the start of the year is ideal for reviewing and enhancing your cybersecurity strategies.

Reflecting on the Past

Before we dive into the new year’s challenges and opportunities, let’s take a moment to reflect on the past year. Cybersecurity incidents might have touched some of us directly or within our community. These experiences, while challenging, provide valuable lessons and a strong impetus to do better and be more prepared.

Setting Cyber Goals for 2024

Setting clear and achievable goals is crucial for any endeavor, especially when it comes to cybersecurity. Here are some goals you might consider for your organization or personal life:

  1. Strengthen Passwords: Ensure all your passwords are strong and unique. Consider using a password manager to keep track of them.
  2. Regular Updates: Commit to regularly updating all your software, including security software, to protect against vulnerabilities.
  3. Education and Training: Plan regular cybersecurity training sessions for yourself, your family, or your employees. Awareness is a powerful tool against cyber threats.
  4. Review and Update Policies: Take time to review and update your cybersecurity policies and incident response plans.
  5. Backup Your Data: Ensure that you have a robust and tested backup strategy in place to protect your critical data.

The Month-by-Month Cybersecurity Roadmap

To help you stay on track with your cybersecurity goals throughout the year, Cybersecure California has developed a comprehensive “Year in Cybersecurity: Month-by-Month Roadmap.” Each month focuses on a different aspect of cybersecurity, providing you with structured tasks, educational content, and actionable steps to improve your defenses.

January’s Focus: Understanding Your Digital Footprint

As we start the year, our focus is on understanding and managing our digital footprint. This means taking stock of all the data and online presence you or your organization have and understanding how it can be protected. Here are a few steps to get started:

Inventory Your Assets: Identify what digital assets you have, where they are stored, and who has access to them.

Assess Your Online Accounts: Review your online accounts and their security settings. Close down old accounts that are no longer in use.

Educate About Digital Footprints: Learn and teach others about how digital footprints are created and the ways they can be managed and protected.

Embracing a Year of Cybersecurity

As we embark on this new year, let’s make a collective resolution to prioritize cybersecurity. By taking proactive steps each month, we can significantly enhance our digital resilience and safeguard our critical information.

Stay tuned for monthly updates, tips, and strategies as part of our Year in Cybersecurity initiative. Here’s to a secure, prosperous, and cyber-safe 2024!