Vacation time is not the time to relax cyber security

I realize that many of you are enjoying the summer (at least in the northern hemisphere) and relaxing as you contemplate a vacation, this invariably will include your cyber security watchfulness. Unfortunately the cyber predators realize this and have learned to ramp up their activity during your relaxation. The graph below demonstrates how the pattern shifted from 2015 to 2016. It is too early to tell if this will reoccur this year but initial data seems to suggest that the ramp up is happening again.

Internet Security Threat Report Volume 22 Symantec Corp.

What this should tell you is that the bad guys are not on vacation, rather they are waiting for you to take one so they have an easier target.

For that reason I strongly recommend that you take extra steps, such as reminding all organization members, contractors and business partners of the needs to remain vigilant in their cyber security efforts and not to relax. Circulate stories of recent events such as the recent Global Ransomware attack[1] showing the cyber predators are scanning for weakness, even more during vacation periods when things get relaxed.

Not sure of what to do? I have two suggestions.

  1. Take my courses on cyber exposure security at the global risk academy (
  2. Download my Management Guide for Fighting Cyber Predators (

If you want to stay secure stay vigilant.

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