Throughout October, Internal Auditor examines key areas practitioners should explore as they look to help protect their organizations.
The average cost of a data breach is $3.86 million, according to a 2020 global IBM study. Moreover, breaches caused by malicious attacks are the most common — and the most expensive. October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month. The U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) emphasizes personal accountability in this year's theme: "#DoYourPart. #BeCyberSmart." CISA provides links to specific resources for the month, including tip sheets and a ready-made presentation (PDF), as well as a Cyber Resource Hub featuring myriad assessments, tests, and evaluation tools.